Friday, 16 November 2012

enchanted glade

Hi! Today I'm showing my layout for the ARTastic Challenge, which has to feature stitching and fabric.
I've based it around a created mixed media canvas completed at a couple of Saturdays ago. This was used as a background for a bronzed fairy sculpture, book- loving owls and various gumnuts, pine cones and pine roses, to create my base photo, of a fairy in a secluded glade.

Photo created using my fairy I've named Ariella, playing her zither. The mixed media canvas is in the background.

The background paper was altered by masking sections with white crayon, then smooching with Distress Inks: Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood and Black Soot. The crayon resist was rubbed off and the paper then randomly stamped with ferns, fairies and butterflies.

altered background paper

Tree trunks were from corrugated cardboard wet embossed using Opals Embossing Enamels.
The lyrebird, was cut from a piece of embroidered work I completed as part of a High School project, many moons ago. This was stem stitched onto very fine linen.Lyrebirds are one of Australia's native birds. They live in forested regions, but are rarely seen because they are very shy. Their tail feathers, when raised in a display, are shaped like lyres, hence their names. They are, however, wonderful mimics,copying other birds and if you can't see them in a forest, you may certainly be hearing them. They even mimic human-made sounds such as chainsaws, perfectly! To hold the cut piece together I ironed it onto a piece of fusible web, Steam-a Seam 2 and also layered over it, in the same process a piece of chiffon.

My fairy bower was made from strips of wool fibre sewn together and encased in a leaf-patterned chiffon. Stitched to this were 'fairy lights' made from drops of crystal beading.
The leaves edging the bower, were cut from the same chiffon, using a heat cutting tool. This not only cut, but also crinkled and sealed the edges. Great to use! Bits of wool fibre were then added to represent moss and Old Man's beard. The wool bobbles from some fibre, were cut, teased out a little and stitched onto the log and ground and became mushrooms.

I think Ariella looks very happy and contented in her secluded bower, playing her zither for her friends. Maybe If I  listen very carefully, I may even hear it next time I go walking through a forest!

Thank you for visiting my enchanted fairy glade. I hope you will come again.
Cheers, Di


  1. Wow! What a lot of work in this project and look how effective it has come up. Just gorgeous, I loved visiting your enchanted fairy glade :)
    Thanks for joiing in again this month at ARTastic :)

  2. Your project has many wonderful technique that are really stretching you artistically Di, I particulalry like how you planned you piece so meticulously. Your photograph which is in itself a collage is clever!
    Thank you for sharing Ariella with us at ARTastic Challenge this month.

  3. Oh my goodness - this is truly amazing Di. There is just so much to look at and the feel certainly is enchanted. Beautiful work.

  4. This is stunning, a feast for the eyes. So creative, well done. Thank-you so much for taking the time to join our challenge at ARTastic.

  5. Oh wow Di! This looks like it is leaping to life off the page! How dynamic can you make a canvas! This is so clever. Hugs, Buttons x

  6. You have knocked my sox off Di!! Wow!
    I adore your enchanted fairy glade & believe that Ariella's song would be just as sweet.
    Thank you for playing along at ARTastic with this wonderful artwork.

  7. Di the page you have created is truley amazing, the detail that you have gone to has paid off for it is a piece of art. Thankyou once again for sharing your lovely work with us at ARTastic.