This piece came in second place in the "People's Choice" category at the 2011 NESCBWI conference poster competition. For the contest we were to redesign the cover for a seminal children's book. I decided to produce this in 3-D. Pippi's head, hair and hands were made in Sculpty and her body and clothes made in fabric. Her socks were old socks I cut up and embroidered and her shoes were made from foam. The background is made with various watercolored papers, silk leaves for the grass, and the closest tree in sculpty. The artwork was then photographed and the title and author's name were added in Photoshop.

I wish that I had taken photos at each stage of the process, because it really was a process for me. I started out making the box to slide in a frame that I had already made. My thoughts were to have elements of the artwork attached to the side, creating, in effect an integral matt. The octopi, fish, worm and coral are made out of sculpty; the ocean floor out of painted styrofoam; wire and tissue paper for the plants, the boat is made out of painted scrap foam core board and aluminum foil; and the waves at the top are made from prismacolor tinted mylar. I love making the true 3-D pieces!