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New at LitKids: Mole from Wind in the Willows

book_windinwillowsWhen it came time to create a new LitKids design late last year, I was a bit stymied until coming across a battered copy of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows at the local Salvation Army. I knew the book was well-loved and was familiar with the Disney animated version, and the opportunity to do an animal character was too irresistible. I read the book pretty quickly and found it utterly charming. The main characters are Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad. Although the conceited Toad winds up getting the most storyline, I most loved the sweet Mole and wanted to make him the subject of this print.

Unlike some of the earlier prints, this one was a breeze to do. The background is some Victorian era clip art of a flower, screen printed in bright yellow. I then used some sage green spray paint on the mole shape, making a nice speckled texture. A spray of gold paint and the dark green mole image was complete. Here it is, listed on Etsy.

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As a bonus, here’s a photo Christopher shot of me sitting at the table we had set up last weekend at (excellent) local bookseller Changing Hands. We were there for five six hours peddling prints, and at the end of the day we wound up selling ten prints — including more copies of the Mole print than anything else!

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