Eric Carle, author and illustrator of many books, passed away recently. May 23, 2021 – so today I’m adding to my series of art inspired by children’s illustrators by taking on Eric’s imagery and style for inspiration!

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Yesterday someone sent me video of Mr. Rogers visiting Eric Carle in his studio! It’s worth a few minutes :

I chose a favorite classic by Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as my inspiration! If it’s not in your library for reading to any littles who come to your house, you can rectify that. While I had no idea what his process was while creating my projects, I thought collage could work well.

Video 1: cards

On my main channel I created cards that are CAS (clean and simple) 4Bar size cards (5″ x 3.5″)….Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Video 2: Bible journaling page

On my Bible journaling channel…the hungry caterpillar himself showed up! Watch the video below or click HERE to view it on YouTube.

Rainbow cards

These are 4Bar cards as I said – 5″ x 3.5″….I used the Rainbow Card die with the Better Days Ahead stamp set for the sentiment, and a nice purple ink for it. Embellishments were holepunched from the painted papers!

Sunshine Cards

Simpler cards! Just cut a semi-round circle, draw radiating lines with Glossy Accents or other liquid glue, and attach the rays! I used the same Bettr Days stamp set for the sentiment – and this time an orange ink.

Bible Journaling page

I decided to take a more direct route to Eric Carle’s work on this one – putting my clunky version of his caterpillar on my tip-in page! (A tip-in is a separate sheet inserted into the Bible; I squeezed a tiny line of glue into the inside of the book and slipped the trimmed page into it.)


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