Good morning, Joggles fans! It’s Kim here today. I am very excited to share this month’s DT project with you. This time I have created a “Fairy Queen” canvas, using a wooden canvas, and lots of goodies from the Joggles store.
Joggles Collage Sheet – Papillion II
Joggles Collage Sheet – Papillion I
Joggles Collage Sheet – Fine Art Fairies
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Vintage Photo
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Stickles Glitter Glue – Diamond
Dina Wakley Media Gesso
Other supplies: canvas; Beacon 3 in 1 Glue or Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue; hot glue; moss; artificial ivy; paper clay; Shimmers Texturez Sand Colour; tree bark; paint brushes; Prima Art Alchemy Clear Crackle; quilting pins; Prima Fairy Resin Pieces; Prima Bird Nest Embellishment; Petaloo Flowers; Martha Stewart Sycamore Paint; DecoCoat Grey Paint; Deco Art Soy Paint Black.
Here is my process:
I am using the backside of a canvas, instead of the front, to give the impression of a notch in a tree where fairies hide! I gave the canvas a coat of gesso, then used some of the Prima Clear Crackle Paste and set that aside to dry.
Once the canvas and crackle were dry, it was time to paint. I used several different tones of paints, and I added gesso to some of the shades to make them lighter. The idea was to make the wood look like the inside of a tree. I kept layering until I was happy with the result.
I added some black and grey paint on top of the brown tones and also coloured texture paste from Shimmerz. This gave more dimension and gave it more of the “bark” look that I was going for. I know it doesn’t look like a tree yet…but just wait 😉
After I was happy with the paint, I used some real bark pieces I had from wood my husband and I have stashed away for our fireplace this winter. Please, don’t peel bark off a live tree if you are going to recreate this project. Always use bark from previously cut wood or fallen branches/trees.
I glued the bark down with hot glue in various places all over the canvas. Can you start to see a tree forming?
Now it was time to tuck in moss here and there. I applied it all over the canvas trying to make the moss look natural, picking out different shapes and colour tones from the bag. I adhered the moss with hot glue, but please be careful doing this. It’s very hot stuff with the hot glue on it. I love how the bark looks with the moss. It really ended up looking and feeling so natural.
Now it was time to add mushrooms. I created my own but did watch a tutorial by a super talented lady named Nichola Battilana, who has a fantastic YouTube tutorial for making clay mushrooms which you can find HERE.
I made my mushrooms differently, but did use long quilting pins in a similar fashion as she did to create the stem of the mushrooms. I dry brushed on some brown, black, and white paints and also gave the mushrooms a coat of Diamond Stickles because I wanted them to look like they had fairy dust on them!
In this photo, you can see my little mushrooms peeking out from the bark and moss.
I continued all the way around the canvas with the moss until I was happy with the result. I also added some artificial ivy to add a different texture and another layer to the green moss.
Now it was time to cut out the collage images. This one of the fairy with the butterfly crown is one of my favorites! I placed her in the middle, gluing her down with Beacon 3 in 1 glue. Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue would work just as well. I had a wooden crown from my stash which I adhered to the top of the picture since every queen does need a crown! I added some more Diamond Stickles to the crown for added sparkle. I tucked moss around her as well as she is peeking out from the center of the notch in the tree.
More Diamond Stickles were added to each of the butterflies,
I also edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make the edges appear darker, rather than having the white of the paper show.
A rustic little bird’s nest with some loose feathers from my stash was placed in one corner of the canvas.
I also tucked in some Prima resin fairies which I embellished with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and more of the Stickles.
You can see the Queen’s little fairy helpers spreading their fairy dust all over the forest!
A finishing touch was some gorgeous Petaloo flowers which were adhered in the corners to add some softness.
Below is my finished piece.
The collage sheets from Joggles really made this piece come to life. I love how the butterflies look like they are in flight, and the beautiful Fairy Queen image is holding a magical court over her fairy and furry friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I had tons of fun with this project, and I hope you will give something like this a try too!