Do you ever work with paper clay? I wish I did more often, when I do, I just love the stuff. I use the kind that comes in the black bag, labelled "Creative Paperclay". I've tried other brands, but really like this one.
This fairy is a half doll and her gown holds a painted cage with a nesting, glittered egg.
I'd made the doll's head a while ago, and she was lying on my desk staring up at me, wondering when she'd be given a body. I finally felt guilty enough about making her wait and pulled this look together.
Lately things are going well for me, productively. Not only did I make an avalanche of little snow people, dye and decorate billions of bottle brush trees, and a whole bunch of other crap, I made this college too.
The little painting of a bird in a cage was the prototype for the cover of my Birdsong Tag Book swap last summer. I've had the original sitting on my desk since then, thinking I needed to do something with it.
So, I finally got around to making a college with it. The background is a leather bound, padded lid from an old box, that I painted white and glazed over in tan. I cut a rectangular hole into the center of it, lined that with old wallpaper and rimmed it in tulle-ish netting.
Funny, that box cover has been on my desk forever too. It just all happened to come together. Its good to get this done, and use up those two items that have been hanging around waiting to become something. I just had to figure out what they needed to be.
This is a project that I had about 90% done and just now finished. I guess I'm in the mood to tie up loose ends. Somerset Apprentice asked me for some pictures, and I wanted to show a variety of different styles of work that I do, so it was a good time to finish these three things.
Inside is a large Charlotte fairy in her millinery rose nest. All of these pieces have the common theme of "nests" even though they are different styles of work. I'll let you know when they show up in the magazine, its always exciting when those come in the mail, even though I've done dozens of articles, its still a pleasant shock when I see my work published. Its one more thing to be thankful for this holiday weekend!