Are you familiar with art blocks? They are small blocks of wood that you decorate and make into something weird and fabulous. (You know, art.) This was my attempt at creating an art block for a Craftster swap last year -- I was really thrilled with how it came out.
This was one of my first forays into pyrography, or wood burning. My partner's theme was Alice in Wonderland, and I adapted an old sketch created by Sir John Tenniel for the original book. (See some of his sketches here.) I added some paint into the scene to add interest.
My Cheshire Cat friend was made from paper clay. His eyes and mouth were painted in glow-in-the-dark paint, so when the lights go out, his creepy little face can still be seen. (That was pretty much impossible to photograph, so try to imagine it.)
Some side detail. I always enjoyed the "We're all mad here," quote. :)
And a view of the other side -- "I'm late for a very important date." The base of the block is supposed to represent Tweedledee and Tweedledum. I used wooden balls and wooden hearts to create the feet.
I have some wooden block scraps in our garage that I have thinking about. It may be time for a new art block!