Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic (The House Guest & his ladders)

My idea for this week's Scribble Picnic theme, ladder, took quite some time to develop. After thinking and researching...and then doing more thinking and researching... and then MORE thinking............ and MORE idea FINALLY came to mind as to what I would illustrate. Yay me!

Once I started sketching the detail for my books I realized how utterly insane it was to think up such a grand idea! This piece took two full days to come up with and implement the design for each one. How long do you think it will take to paint?! :)

With that said, can you spot my special guest and the home he's making among my favorite books?

Visit Michael's blog for more sweet and delightful contributions to this week's Scribble Picnic!


  1. Oh my gosh, I love it. So fun to see this from the initial rough sketch to your more worked up one. I love how you've drawn the cute lil' mouse--such an expressive littel chap, and the books are great!

    Incorporating ladders as sch here was/is very clever! Can't wait for when you can transfer this over to your watercolour paper and paint it. I just know it's going to rock! Thank you so much for joining this week too, smoots. I'm thinking the picnic could easily move indoors here as it's such a cosy spot, mouse and all. :)

    Oh, and finally, Love your headline. A fun read! Hee.

  2. This is so beautifully detailed, whimsical and fun Alexandra!

  3. the books could be his ladder too, such cute little mouse, I like his large ears. such well-decorated book spines & do I see a door behind one of the books? this could take a while to paint. such wonderful take on the ladder theme.

    have a lovely day.

  4. Such a fun piece, it makes me smile.
    I love your charming details on all the books and the little flower pot and door for the mouse. I can only imagine that the mouse is quite happy to live there.

  5. So magical and that darling little mouse is in heaven living there, as I would be :)
    Beautifully illustrated and I do believe that painting this will take much longer than two days~

  6. Alexandra,
    Your imagination continues to amaze me. Love the little mouse. Does he have a name? And is that his bed in the cup? I see the little door. So adorable. And such details.

  7. Ha Alexandra
    een prachtige illustratie,de boekenplank
    waar dit muisje zich zeker verstoppen kan.
    Groetjes Christiene

    Ha Alexandra
    A beautiful illustration,the bookshelf
    Where this mouse can definitely hide.
    Greetings Christiene

  8. Oh wow! There is so much fun going on here. I love the books and all the little surprises as we travel up the ladders and spools to the top. Your little mouse is quite industrious, as are you!

  9. 'Books and Ladders' what a good idea! I see the tiny visitor too!
    That's a lot of work, but I can already imagine it painted in your always beautiful colors -
    will hope to see that later.

    Happy weekend -

  10. Oh that is charming, I love books and this is wonderful! I'm sorry it took me a bit to post about your lovely giveaway, but I did so today. Thanks so much!

  11. Wow, so much detail! I love your little mouse! LOL! Big Hugs!

  12. this is great, I love anything with books :) going to take awhile to paint

  13. Love the detail here ...

    All the best Jan

  14. eeeeek, a mouse! :-) Thankfully he's quite a cute one and apparently planning no harm to those lovely books! I had briefly thought about a library ladder, but would never have dreamed of separate ones for each shelf. How clever!


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