I am so overwhelmed, and so grateful to all of you for the beautiful, heartwarming and encouraging comments that were left about Alice. She was so much fun to create, and will be difficult to part with when she goes up for sale on Glitter and Grunge next month.
Before I leave for a short business trip this week, I'd like to share some pics of the other finished fairies....
Made in the same way that Alice was completed, these miniature scale dolls have hand sculpted heads, hands and legs. Features were sculpted in paper clay over wire and foil armatures, which were wrapped in paper tape. Before painting with acrylic washes, they were each gessoed, and then sealed and antiqued after painting. Inspired by early 20th century children's dresses, their little costumes were created from layer upon layer of cupcake liners and ribbon, and their removable hats were fashioned from scrapbook paper and ephemera. The removable wings were copied from vintage images of butterflies. After sealing and wiring for strength, the butterfly wings were also sealed and glittered for a vintage sparkle.
I wanted these little fairies to reflect the vast imagination that we all had as children. Those days when a handmade paper hat, and a wand fashioned from cardboard, tape and an old broom handle became as real to you as any fairytale princess's wand would.
I absolutely adore what collage artists are doing with vintage photographs of children, butterfly ephemera and glitter. These small pieces were thoroughly inspired by them.
The fairies various boxes were crafted from old fancy soap boxes, scrapbook paper, paint and glittery silver lettering.
These were such fun projects. Over this past weekend I have already started on a few more. The new ones will eventually become a Red Riding Hood, a Goldilocks (and 3 bears of course) and a Little Bo Peep. For inspiration, I have been raiding the Antiquarian and Collectible Book categories at Ebay, and thanks to some auction wins, will be adding some pre 1920's fairy tale, fable and Mother Goose books to my small vintage children's books collection.
The Alice doll and the "Imagine" Fairy (the redheaded one) will be offered up for sale on the Glitter and Grunge website, beginning April 1. The blond haired fairy as well as some other storybook dolls that will be in the works this weekend will be available for purchase on PFATT Marketplace starting April 10.
And as a thank you to all of the support and encouragement that you all have given me over the past few months, the wee pink one, otherwise known as "Dream" fairy, will be given away to a commenter (comments on this post) whose name I will draw next Sunday night, March 25. I do moderate comments, so don't worry if your comment doesn't pop up right away.