The theme for the September Art Elements Challenge given by Caroline Dewison is to create something from the magical world of fairies. Fairies are called Fae, Aos Si, Elves or Yakshas, Yōsei, and Mogwoi and many more. Around the world, each culture has it’s own version of wee folk, spirits connected to nature. When I think of fairies, I imagine small human type creatures with wings and magical powers. Before beginning my creation for the challenge, I did some research on Irish and Scottish fairy called the aos sí.
The aos sí is the Irish term for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology. They are comparable to the fairies or elves. They are said to live underground in fairy mounds, across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans. In the Irish language, aos sí means "people of the mounds" (the mounds are known in Irish as "the sídhe"). In modern Irish the people of the mounds are also called daoine sídhe; in Scottish mythology they are daoine sìth. They are also thought to be the ancestors, the spirits of nature, or goddesses and gods.
I usually think of fairies living in a tiny house with a wee door hidden under a mushroom. I snagged a door by Brooke Boch of Artistic Endeavors Jewelry and Components and I saved it for a special project.
|Fairy card by BayMoonDesign|
Several years ago I made a fairies card and the I saved it for a special project.
|I always save Altoid tins just because I am that kind of person. I also decided now is the time to use some of my stash for my fairies projects.|
|Paper fairy and tiny paper flower from card|
My paper fairies are the perfect size for Altoid tin folk art aka ornaments.
My wee door with a leaf over top is the perfect size for this fairy scene. I had some mushroom card stock that I decided would make a great backdrop for the scene. Silver trim was added to give the whole scene some sparkle.
This tin can sit comfortably on a shelf or be hung as an ornament. I added some colorful beads that dangle from the bottom of it. The back is covered with the small mushroom card stock.
|Front view with dangles|
My second fairy ornament makes use of the larger of my caed stock paper fairies and one of the paper flowers from the card. Once again, I used the mushroom paper for a background. I added a pretty rose bud and leaf and a few sparkles. The inside is lined with eggplant ribbon and the outside has gold sequins.
It is really meant to hang. It has a loop made from purple cord at the top to serve that purpose.
I had to add some beads at the bottom to dangle and catch the sun light.
|Gold sequins line the side|
|back side of ornament|
For my next tin I am planning to use this photo as my inspiration and built a tiny scene based on her.
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