Today we are sharing how to make this beautiful Woodland Fairy Christmas Art to deck your halls for the holidays. I have joined with several awesome and talented bloggers for a ‘Fairy Merry Christmas’ Blog Hop. This is so much fun! A new project or post is being shared just about every week day from November 16th thru December 11th on the theme Fairy Merry Christmas. A complete list of participants and links can be found at the end of my post.
I hope you will follow along with us as we hop from blog to blog to see what everyone is sharing!
Last Friday, Alayna @ Alayna’s Creations shared her gorgeous decorated magical Christmas Tree! Her use of non-traditional colors and stunning ornaments are so beautiful and I loved everything about it! Hope you’ll hop over to take a look and say hello!
I have to admit that after I agreed to participate, I realized that I had no idea what to share on this theme. But, like most projects on this blog, I sat down without a plan and then, something magical happened . .
I started by embossing two silhouettes on aluminium embossing foil and cut them out using small jewelry scissors.
The silhouettes needed fairy dresses, so I rummaged through my craft supplies and found ribbon and glitter glue. Perfect! I thought I might use the wire for the wings, but I ended up not using it.
Petals for a fairy skirt cut from ribbon.
Once the fairies were completed, I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to use them. Ornament? Fairy Garden? Maybe attach them to a homemade Christmas card? All of these ideas would have been awesome and pretty easy to do, but I decided my fairies needed to be part of a Woodland Fairy Christmas scene.
I decided the little woodland fairies needed a tree. I could imagine fairies using their magic to create a beautiful enchanted Christmas tree from plant vines. So, I embossed one.
The tree was cut out and dressed it up a bit with the glitter glue. Who doesn’t like lots of glitter at Christmas time?
I laid the pieces on a white canvas but it seemed too plain. I tried several different solid and printed backgrounds, but nothing was quite right. These fairies are woodland fairies and that meant they needed to be in the woods . . right?? With me?
I took out an old box of watercolors that I had bought for the kids years ago thinking I could possibly paint my own background. I thought the watercolors might be soft enough as to not distract from the embossed pieces.
Oh sure, I used watercolors before . . . uh, when I was in grade school.
I am not much of a painter, but I figured, what did I have to lose? If I didn’t like it, I would just have to come up with something else.
So I began by painting a yellow glow where the tree would be. Next, I added the ground and the night sky. It was pretty basic . . . and I guess to an artist’s eye, it would look pretty amateurish. But I was liking it, and most of all, I was having a whole lot of fun doing it!
I added in some trees. And then more background. And a little snow on the trees and ground, which unfortunately is kind of hard to see, but it looks pretty cool.
Using watercolor on canvas is so much different from what I remembered in school. Do you remember painting with watercolors on paper? It quickly became waterlogged and then wrinkled once it dried? Not so with the canvas. It’s a much better surface for this paint. Does makes me wonder though, just how awesome my grade school art may have been if I had painted on canvas instead of paper . . .guess we’ll never know.
Here is Fairy #1 sporting a spotted blue petal skirt and lovely pink-tinted wings.
And . . Fairy #2 with green wings and a silver/gold stripped glitter skirt.
Did I mention I love this tree?
I glued the embossed pieces on the canvas once the watercolors dried. Next, I glued on a little gem for each fairy wand.
With that done, I wanted to frame the picture keeping with my woodland theme. However, none of my existing frames, that were large enough for this canvas, was right.
An idea came to me while my husband was making the cedar arbor for our daughters wedding. He took cedar logs and sawed off the bark in long strips. He planned to burn the sawed off pieces, but I saved a few and asked him to build me a frame for this canvas with them.
Last but not least, I added some silver stars for the night sky and glued on this lovely quote that I printed on decorative paper and framed with a gold ribbon border.
So there you have it . . . Woodland Fairy Christmas Art in all it’s homemade goodness!
I enjoyed sharing this project with you almost as much as I enjoyed making it!
If you are interested in learning more about the basics of metal embossing, I have an awesome 4 part series on the how-to, tools used and supply resources which is perfect for beginners like me! You can find a link on my sidebar or on the main menu bar of my blog. It really is much easier than it looks and I hope you’ll give it a try sometime.
Wow, isn’t this fun?! I’m already looking forward to tomorrow, and can’t wait to see what Sarah @ Sarah Celebrates has created to share with us! Hope you’ll hop over to check it out tomorrow!
If you missed a post in this series, no worries! We have a link up below showing all of the posts that have gone live so far. Just click on an image to go right to that post. I’ve also included a list of all participants and date they are posting!
Happy Holidays and wishing you a magical and Very Merry Fairy Christmas!
Please plan to visit all our Fairy Merry Christmas Participants!
Nov 16: Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks
Nov 17: Maria @ Sew Travel Inspired
Nov 18: Joy @ xoxoGrandma
Nov 19: Joanita @ Creative Crochet Workshop
Nov 20: Alayna @ Alayna’s Creations
Nov 23: Laurie @ My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Nov 24: Sarah @ Sarah Celebrates
Nov 25: Stella @ Purfylle
Nov 26: (Thanksgiving Break)
Nov 27: Beverly @ Across the Blvd
Nov 30: T’onna @ USS Crafty
Dec 1: Joanita @ Creative Crochet Workshop
Dec 2: Keri @ One Mama’s Daily Drama
Dec 3: Darlene @ Let it Shine
Dec 4: Donna @ Two Chicks and a Mom
Dec 8: Sarah @ Sarah Celebrates
Dec 9: Stella @ Purfylle
Dec 10: Pili @ Sweet Things
Dec 11: Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks