In my recent move I unearthed the original sketches so I thought I’d update with a process post.
The full size sketch of the front, done in colored pencil.
My first Advent Calendars were completely handmade: cover image printed and hand-colored, window openings cut with a knife, window images printed and colored–all somehow fastened together to make a functioning calendar.
the original 1983 calendar, given to Charlene Smith, and kept framed and displayed all year round. This one is less colorful a bit more austere.
I made fewer than 10 to give to friends, and I sent one to my editor at E P Dutton Children’s Books. She loved it, and suggested producing it to sell.
She asked me to show her sketches for the window images that had a more holiday feel than the original. Some of her suggestions were “Knitting Christmas Stocking?” and “kitten playing with ornament or pine spring?”
Following her suggestions, I revised the sketches.
Finally I carved each tiny scene, colored it and glued it into place
Once the 2 layers are aligned, the scenes show up in the doors and windows.
The finished calendar.
Although this is out of print and no longer sold in stores. I have a stash to sell.