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Eric Carle inspired Lorax project

March 15th | DIY, matthias

After seeing The Lorax movie last weekend, Matthias and I decided to do an art project together. Well, he needed a little coaxing {he’s got strong opinions about what he wants to create} but after a few minutes he got on board.I had an idea to do something inspired by Eric Carle, I love his artwork, don’t you?

We started by painting a piece of paper completely orange. This would be used to cut out the shape of the Lorax.

We used watercolors for this project.

He was determined not to have any bits of white show through on his painted orange paper.

I also painted a piece of thick, white paper completely yellow–for the mustache and eyebrows.

While the painted papers dried, we worked on creating the background on a canvas. First Matthias sketched some truffula tree trunks.

To make the trunks look stripe-y we used water down black paint and then dabbed a napkin here and there on the trunk to soak up paint in certain spots. The truffula tufts were fun to paint in a swirly motion.

We drew a little dot above the top of the tree trunk and then painted swirly lines coming out from there until we had a nice fluffy tuft. The Lorax is cut out of the papers we covered with paint. I drew a pattern for us, but you could use a coloring sheet like the one found here for a pattern, too!

We each did our own project, but Matthias’ turned out way cuter than mine!

We are huge Dr. Seuss fans over here. For David’s 5th birthday party we had a Sneetches celebration.

Have you seen The Lorax?

13 Responses

  1. Kelly J. R. says:

    This project turned out so cute! What a neat way to work together on something creative. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I remember the book fondly.

  2. Kelly says:

    Love it! He could totally sell his art…how cute it would look in a kids’ playroom. :)

  3. isassSara says:

    We saw this movie Monday. LOVED it. Each of us had our favorite parts.
    What a talented young artist you have there!

  4. I LOVE THIS! it is so cute it turned out great. and what a fun memory for you both to do this project together! xoxo

  5. Aria says:

    Hey nice drawing. My daughter also made one. Thanks For the Lorax link.

  6. christy a says:

    This is adorable! Loved the movie, love this project!!

  7. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa, I LOVE everything Dr Seuss and his older stories are my complete favourites. I almost know Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks off by heart at the age of 49. The Sneeches really captured my imagination when I was young. the movie The Lorax isn’t here in NZ yet. Hugs

  8. kelleyn says:

    Love love love it!

  9. Eva says:

    Ahhhh! I love it!This is something I would love to use in my classroom someday! I love your log so much! You are such an inspiration!

  10. Christine says:

    That is awesome! And years from now, it will still be a great, timeless piece of art!

  11. Claudine says:

    What a wonderful project! Eric Carle is fantastic, there is a great video on-line of Mister Rogers visiting with Eric Carle, and it is fascinating to see him in his studio working!

  12. LOVD says:

    Such talent!!!! Keep it up!!!

  13. Can I first say, as a HUGE fan of yours I feel RETCHED that I haven’t stopped by for a while. (I have been out of the loop I actually wrote a lil about that here SO I’m sorry I haven’t been around. Now, I gotta say I’m doing the “entries” for your AWESOME giveaway on TT&J and my sweet precious daughter Alice and I have been looking thru your site, pics, for what seems like an hour now. I haven’t even been back to TT&J to complete the entries!! We are having such a wonderful time looking thru your life. Alice especially loves precious David, as that is also her daddy’s name. She wants your David to come over and meet her David/Daddy. Thanks, Lisa for opening up your life to us. Tonight it touched a sweet little 3 yr old. OH….I almost forgot. She, Alice LOVES Matthais’s Lorax painting. :)

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