Saturday, September 29, 2018

September Art Elements Theme Challenge – Faerie

Riders of the Sidhe (1911), painting by John Duncan
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. 

Photo by Jeff Finley on Unsplash 

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.

wee fairy door by Brooke Boch

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.

Fairy ornament by BayMoonDesign

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.

side view

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.

Fairy ornament by BayMoonDesign

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.

Photo by Boris Krizmanic on Unsplash

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  1. ooo I love your little diorama scenes :D

  2. Great idea using the Altoids tins!! Your little ornaments are so cute and ingenious. Awesome mixed media projects.

  3. I love how you played with your ideas and components to create these lovely mixed media ornaments! They are lovely! :)

  4. Both pieces are so cute, you've done a wonderful job with them! <3

  5. What gorgeous little works of art! I love all of the details you've added and the special things you used. Look forward to seeing your next design! Thank you for joining me in the challenge!

  6. The cottage image on the photograph reminds me of the witches' cottage in the movie brave. It is interesting to see how you used altoid tins to make your cute displays

  7. I love these small boxes Kathy! They have such great stories and lead ones imagination into wonderful places...

  8. Oh my!! I adore your altoid tin fairy ornaments. They are both so lovely. That door you used is amazing but I really love your fairy card that you used. The drawings/painting are perfect!

  9. Kathy! Using the altoids tin bottom and top to make mini shadowboxes for this challenge was a great idea. I remember you doing something similar before, but had forgotten it was you that had done them (sorry!). I love that you incorporated the fairies from your card and the little door too. The addition of beads to the bottom of each of them is lovely as well. Wasn't this a fun challenge!?

  10. What a wonderful idea, these would make amazing decorations for a christmas tree!

  11. Such a perfect way to use your tins. I must get crafty and make something like this! Your original card was beautiful, I’m glad it got repurposed into something more beautiful.

  12. I too have a stash of tins. This makes me want to dig them out. Its sweet! And looks like you had a great time creating...

  13. Love what you've done with the tins, they are gorgeous.

  14. Your fairy tin ornaments are completely enchanting. Like little worlds I can imagine spending time in. (also, sorry to be so late commenting. I blame gremlins)