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Monday, April 25, 2011

365: #001 Fairies

I worked on these for a total of 3 hours last night, starting around 9 and ending around 12. Shoot, is this going to be the usual timetable for Craft-A-Day? I hope not, 'cause then I'll never do dishes. These fairies were a project I've been aiming to do for a while and they're not great- okay the one is pretty great, the other three didn't go so well. All will be explained. Without farther adieu, I give you...

Leaf, Cupcake, Grapely, and Frost. (All named by Ro, of course.)

Let's start at the beginning...

As you can see, the situation with my desk being a mess is... erm. Really a problem. I'm want for storage in here and it's showing.

From Michael's I had picked up two packets of peg "girls" and a package of clearanced butterflies, with the intentions of snipping their wings off and gluing them to the girls to make fairy wings. It was kind of a problem that one of the butterflies only had one wing. I wasn't sure what to do about that.

I decided on a color scheme for each fairy, jotted it down on my palette and mixed up a pastel 'skin tone' for each one, then gave them two coats.

When I started removing the butterflies from the card, I noticed they were on clips- hmm! Going to have to find a use for those in the future.

I painted the wings from the back so I wouldn't ruin the glitter on the front too much.

Buuut they still needed more glitter.

More, more more!

Once the skin tones were dry, I sketched on the basic outline of what I wanted, then I started painting. After the paint was dry, I added details with Prismacolor pencils, or Sharpies (for those whom I had accidentally used glossy paint on. Whoops.) Because of this, Leaf turned out the best. She was entirely matte and had a great surface for sketching her little leaf skirt and vines on her vest. Everyone else? Eh.

Then I snipped off the wings and super-glued those suckers to their backs. I wound up just snipping the purple wing in half and giving Grapely mini-wings.


Now what to do with all these creepy dis-winged butterfly body clips?

I set them all up in the gnome house for Ro to find in the morning...

And find them she did!


  1. Those clips would be perfect for fridge magnet clips to hang up Ro's pictures.

  2. I think they're all just lovely. Very whimsical.