Some believe that fairies come from a real that is near the human world but is not a part of it. Apparently, there are many fairies in human space watching us, living amongst us.. They are a race of small magical beings. They are usually invisible to most of us, but many mortals do have the gift to see them… Fairies are magical creatures with the ability to create something out of nothing…
“Let the little fairy in you fly” – Rufus Wainwright
Last Christmas, just before new year’s eve, I received an email from the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog website offering me a place in one of their DT (Designer Team)… I couldn’t believe my reading… I was so shocked, grateful, happy, joyful and content… I cannot believe it yet… Well, well, well…, I’ve always believed in magic, but never thought it would happened to me… Yes, the fairy in me has certainly been flying and working hard to bring me this wonderful new year’s gift, as there was nothing I have been wishing more than to be part of a creative Designer Team.. This is all very magical for me, so Peter Pan comes into mind, who else!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
The Brown Sugar Challenge Blog works with digital stamps from different sponsors companies, and the designer teams are allocated with one digital stamp to be used in the relevant challenge and a theme must be followed also… My first challenge (no. #77) is next week Friday the 17th, and guess which type of digital image were given for this challenge… you guessed it !!… Fairies. Here is the image sponsored by Fitztown http://www.Fitztown.com/Fae.html
The theme was ‘anything goes’, so I created a little (5”x7” inches approx.) mix media canvas. As always, I begun to work in the project on the spur of the moment, on the flow, and following my intuition all the way.. So, I forgot to take several pictures of the process, but I took this one.
My original idea was to create a bit three-dimensional whimsical scene, allowing the mind to wander… For the background, I firstly glued on a few pieces of plain white paper to give texture and relief to the surface.. I painted on top with a mixer of acrylic colours (greens, blues, purples, browns, yellows and oranges). I glued my fairy on the right hand side and then I draw a Gothic Arch. I cut off little pieces of corrugated card box to create the tiles around the arch to give it some dimension and I painted them with acrylics and metallic colours (brown and gold).
With pieces of collage I created two whimsical houses that I glued on the base of the picture for the feeling of fantasy.. I also tried to simulate the brick wall around the Gothic arch with marker pens and acrylic paints. I worked further on the Arch’s shadows to create depth and the feeling of a horizon using Faber Castell markers.. The digital image was painted with Copic and Promarker pens…
Thank you my little fairy within for flying and spreading pixie dust on me…
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Here is the final version again for you to see the difference from the above.. This photo was taken early this morning (it was a grey and dark today in London!) so my iPhone used the flash, so cannot appreciate the blue colour of the Fairy’s right-wing, which you can perfectly see in the photo above.. As they say: nothing like the real peace… I really hope this little painting gets you enough inspired and motivated to submit your design to this challenge (no.77).
Before I say ‘until the next time’, I have to quote one more of my Peter Pan’s favourite profound quote:
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Thank you very much for reading this post.. The fairy within You knows that I appreciate you very much… Keep creating and please do not let the magic stop!