Toadstool and Mushrooms have a litany of symbolic meaning, they are thought to be signs of faeries, gnomes, and other wee folk. They are associated with the moon and in the language of flowers mean suspicion. In literature, they are a symbol of immortality and eccentricity. In China they symbolize life, happiness and rebirth. These are the inspiration for this instillation.
Supplies: GSLC-Art Nouveau Frame 1, GSLC-Art Nouveau-Frame 2,GSLC-Art Nouveau Frame 4,GSLC-Garden Fairies Small, Images of Magical Mushrooms, Elongated Wooden Frame, Deli Wrap, Seth Apter Izink Dye Sprays in Tea, Spring Green, and Honey, TH Distress Spray Stain Carved Pumpkin, Hairspray, Nutmeg, Chili Powder, Matte Medium, Paintbrush, Golden Green Gold Acrylic Paint, Weldbond, Weighted Ziploc Bag, Embossing Ink with Roller Applicator, Allure Ammo Camo, Weather Wood, and Mercury Rising Embossing Powders, Heating Tool, TH Distress Stain Bundled Sage, Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue,
1. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts have four of these Art Nouveau Frames, I chose 1, 2, and 4 for this artwork.
2. I spent hours on Pinterest looking for Images of Magical Mushrooms, I settled on these three and place the extra into my “Assundries” Folder on my Pinterest Page.
3. Adjust them to size so that the three of them can be the backdrop for the GSLC Art Nouveau Frames.
4. Prepare Elongated Wooden Frame spraying with Seth Apter Izink Dye Sprays in Tea, Spring Green, and Honey, TH Distress Spray Stain Carved Pumpkin.
5. While still wet sprinkle with Nutmeg and Chili Powder. Allow to dry fully.
6. Once dry, seal entire frame with Matte Medium.
7. Add patina and interest by dry brushing on Golden Green Gold Acrylic Paint.
8. Once dry, cut and glue down three magical mushroom images.
9. Press Images down using a piece of Deli Paper.
10. Press into place with a weighted Ziploc bag, I fill mine with unused kitty litter.
11. Prepare GSLC Art Nouveau Frames using Embossing Ink with a roller applicator.
12. Sprinkle with Allure Ammo Camo and then Allure Weather Wood Embossing Powders, Curing Each time with a Heating Tool.
13. To fill in any gaps I added TH Distress Stain of Bundled Sage.
14. Then I did a quick dry brush technique using Golden Van Dye Brown Hue Acrylic Paint.
15. Prepare GSLC Fairies using Embossing Ink with a roller applicator.
16. Then sprinkle with Allure Mercury Rising Embossing Powders and Curing with a Heating Tool.
17. Assemble your piece using Weldbond to adhere the GSLC Nouveau Frames and Fairies to the Magical Mushroom Prints.
18. Hold into place with a weighted Ziploc bag as described above.
19. Once fully dry, seal everything using a paintbrush and Matte Medium.
Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies have fascinated me since I first found them on Pinterest many years ago. They were first published in 1923. The drawings portray Botanically Accurate Flora and Fauna along with enchanting fairy images based on real children from Cicely’s sister’s nursery school. Visit This Site to view The Fairies of The Autumn Archives. If you click on each image it shows you the accompanied poem or verse dedicated to the individual Flower Fairy.