Follow The Star: A Christmas Fairy

a little seasonal assemblage.....an Art Doll Christmas Fairy!

created by Trish Latimer for A Sprinkle Of Imagination. 

Follow The Star: A Christmas Fairy

Now this may look a bit complicated.....but it really isn't! To prove it, I'll take you through the whole process, so grab a cuppa and get comfy, there are a lot of pictures to share!

Christmas Fairy - Creating the legs

The main body of my art doll is a Tando chipboard arch. Great shape for a body, and a nice sized niche to put things in! We need to use the arch as a guide to sketch out the legs for the fairy...

Christmas Fairy - attaching the legs

Nothing fancy, just a rough sketch on a bit of thick card. Cut the legs out, and paint them. The legs for my fairy are stripy, with turquoise glitter shoes! The legs need to be attached to the arch in the first stages of this make. There are five layers in the completed arch, so glue two together, then glue the legs on top...

Christmas Fairy - sandwiching the legs to the body

Now glue the on the other three layers, making a leg sandwich!


Christmas Fairy - creating the body

Don't worry about messy glue at this point, its about to get covered! Now, we need to turn our attention to the inside of the arch, as this will be near on impossible to get at properly once the back is on! Cover the inside with torn up music paper...

Christmas Fairy - decorating the body part 1

Then decorate. I have given the paper a wash of white paint, smeared on a little turquoise paint then sprinkled with white UTEE. Once melted, this looks like snow showers!

Christmas Fairy - creating the back of the body

We can now concentrate on the back of the arch. This is much easier to decorate before you glue it together! I have covered the arch with music paper and given it a wash of white paint....


Christmas Fairy - decorating the back of the body part 1

Then smeared on a little turquoise....

Christmas Fairy - decorating the back of the body part 2

I then silver embossed a flourish, roughly stamped a few snowflakes and added more UTEE 'snow'!

Christmas Fairy - attaching the back of the body

This can now be glued onto the arch frame....


Christmas Fairy - making the body secure

The outside of the arch now needs our attention! Cover the lot with more music paper, making sure to go right around onto the reverse, as this will also make the back of the arch more secure...

Christmas Fairy - decorating the whole body

We can add in all the bits and bobs to the niche at this point! I've used a small Idea-ology tree (with the round base removed) along with a couple of tiny vintage trees I had in my stash. The twinkly stars are also Idea-ology...

Christmas Fairy - alcove scene

Decorate this as well......


Christmas Fairy - making the wire wings

We can work on the wings next. Bend and shape some wire into oval wing shapes..

Christmas Fairy - adding music to the wire wings

Glue these to music paper using Glossy Accents....

Christmas fairy - the wire wings

Once dry, cut out....


Christmas Fairy - decorating the wire wings

Next, carefully fill in the oval frames with more Glossy Accents, sprinkling a little distress glitter over them too....

 

You will need six of these if you follow my design....but two can be just as effective! Once dry, group the wings together and twist the wire 'tails' so they are joined....

Christmas Fairy - making the wire hands

Whilst you have the wire out, you need to make arms too! Bend and twist the wire to do this, you may need to practice a few times to get the length and shape just right!

Christmas Fairy - attaching the wings and hands

Once you have the wings and arms ready, you can glue them to the back of the arch body....


Christmas Fairy - making the base and support

We also need to glue the support 'post' to the back of the arch whilst we're at it! This will help the fairy stand upright on her plinth. I've used a wooden chopstick for this. Cover with music paper and a wash of white paint..... (do the same to the driftwood plinth whilst you're at it!)

Christmas Fairy - attaching the support

Once dry, it can be glued to the back along with the arms and wings...

Christmas Fairy - tidying and decorating the back

Now, this is clearly a huge mess of hot glue and untidy edges! To rectify this, decorate the back just as we did the front and sides! Music paper, paint and melted white UTEE...


Christmas Fairies Face

Next, stamp a head and colour her face...

Christmas Fairy - colouring stars

Colour a large Idea-ology star with alcohol ink....

Christmas Fairy - adding the face to the body

Glue the star to the head, and add to the fairy body...


Christmas Fairy - attaching to the base.

Now we can glue the whole thing to the base. This needs lots of hot glue, and don't forget you'll need to hold it in place until it sets hard!

Christmas Fairy - making the falling stars

The falling stars being held by the fairy are more Idea-ology mirror stars, simply stuck to a strip of acetate.

Christmas Fairy - attaching the falling stars

The acetate is glued around the fairy hand at one end...


Christmas Fairy - attaching the falling stars to the base.

and to the base at the other end....

All the hot glue mess on the base needs some attention....so cover it up with large flaked white glitter, and a few polystyrene balls (from an old beanbag!) to look like snowballs!
The starry base...

The fairy now looks like she is standing in a small snowdrift....


Follow The Star: A Christmas Fairy

Products used in this project

Whilst we appreciate that some of the products used may no longer be in stock, we hope you enjoyed it and it will provide you with some inspiration to create your own Christmas Fairy. 

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