It was my turn this month to host the Art Elements Theme Challenge and I chose Fairy. I picked the theme earlier in the year with an ulterior motive as I wanted to explore lots of ideas I had for creating models and scenes, and this was the perfect excuse to spend some serious time on them without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else!
To me, fairy suggests secret places, nature spirits, things that you might not necessarily see on first glance and that’s where I went with my first idea.
I love luna moths, they’re one of my favourite creatures, so I decided to create one as a fairy…
I added him to a small scene I created in a glass cloche, but I’m going to redo part of that as the leaves have drooped a bit. I think I’ll hunt out or make some silk leaves instead!
I loved the idea of insects really being fairies, so I decided to make more inspired by mounted insect frames.
This mounted fairy Communia Sepe Nympha, or common hedge fairy, might go unnoticed fluttering about the hedgerows, but look closer and you’ll see that it’s not what you’d first expect. He is based on a real butterfly and has been created from fabric and polymer clay.
The same with this elf grasshopper. He lives in meadows and can be heard singing during warm summer evenings.
He has been mounted on water stained paper for an antique finish.
My next idea was for a fairy ring. These are fascinating growths of mushrooms which originate in the centre of the ring. The spores spread outwards with the mushrooms growing at the edges. It’s said that if you step inside a fairy ring, you will be transported to the fairy world. My lovely husband got me this little glass dome but I didn’t like the base, so I turned a new one in ash and stained it.
I used scenery modelling supplies for the rocks and flora, and created tiny mushrooms with pins and polymer clay.
I loved how this turned out, so I made more in box frames. I’m glad to have something to do with them… I keep buying them with no purpose!
And finally, I created some fairy mushrooms. They are hand painted ceramic clay and sit on top of a turned oak base. The single red mushroom will be given away as a prize to one of our guest participants.
This theme challenge has been brilliant fun. I’ve really enjoyed creating these models and heading off in a different direction with my work. Sometimes I’ve felt as though it wasn’t really grown up to be doing things like this, but I’m over that and I’ve opened up an Etsy shop. It’s called A House of Wonders inspired by a wonderful museum exhibit I saw in Buxton. The Victorians loved curiosities and had regular shows exhibiting wonders from around the world, so I’ve named my shop after that.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll join me in the blog hop to see what everyone else has made inspired by fairies! Follow the links below 🙂