Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fairy Magic

There's an eccentric fairy who lives down the lane up around the fallen oak tree through the briars behind the mounds of moss between the rosemary bushes next to the stinging nettles on the island of Dunklebrook. Her name is Emdiella Humfridas and she is known for collecting odd items, shiny objects, old magical books and goblin whiskers, amongst other things.  

Emdiella is also known for making some very potent potions for whatever may ail you. (Although it's best that you don't know exactly everything that she uses for the ingredients or how they are obtained.) Oh, and never, ever bother her when she is writing down potion recipes as she is easily distracted. Trust me on this! Results could be quite...unfortunate.

This is her workstation and since it is so clean, I can only assume that there is company coming over to visit.

Edmeilla loves moss, roses, books and an assortment of her favorite ingredients that are right within reach. 

When Emdiella knows that company is coming over she rushes around trying to clean everything up. Good thing her worktable has a secret compartment, it makes it so much easier to just throw everything in there lickety-split! Bottles, labels, Fairy Tea, pens, pencils, paper, stray ingredients, whiskerless goblins. Whatever fits usually gets thrown in there. Regardless of her less than stellar housekeeping skills, Emdiella is a very gracious hostess. Unless of course, you happen to make her angry. . .

I had a lot of fun making this Matchbox Vanity Table for Alpha Stamps, and lately I'm really loving the muted, patina-esque, blue/green of Distress Paints in Evergreen Bough. In the past I would have wadded up tissue paper to get the texture that I wanted, or used molding paste but the problem with that's all you get is texture. I wanted texture with cracks!

I've been challenging myself to use what I have on hand from my art supply stash, which most of you know could get me nominated to be on Hoarders. I didn't have any Crackle, but I did have a tube of Kroma Crackle!

Kroma Crackle dries white, the thicker it is put on the bigger the crack. I ended up applying it thicker in some areas and not so thick in others. Being impatient for it to dry, the heat gun had to be brought out. After drying it, then the Matchbox Vanity Table was left out to cure more overnight.

Since I wanted the vanity to look old, I dry brushed the same base color over the white but also left some of the white showing through, and also watered down some of the base paint here and there.

I also used the Kroma Crackle on the ornate part of the vanity that normally would hold a "mirror". I put down one of my favorite paint colors, Golden's Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold first, let dry then dry brushed the Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold randomly on it. Inka Gold was then rubbed in to areas without the Golden paint, overlapped it every so often and then lightly added the Evergreen Bough paint. It took a while, but I loved the way that it came out. (The architectural element above the drawers was painted the same way.)

Since I didn't have any of the Nonbreakable Mirror Material on hand, I decided to fill the opening up with moss. However, I was out of the sheet moss! (Which was easily fixed since my giant oak tree in the front yard is very generous with its moss.) Once the moss was added, Tiny Pink Variegated Roses were added to fluff it up.

Quick tip: Use the Vintaj Metal Patinas on the unfinished, cast metal pieces like the Tiny Metal Jewelry Box if you don't feel like spray painting them first with chalk paint. (OK, I'm lazy and hate the smell of the spray paint.) I didn't have any problem with the paint not wanting to stick. Be sure to lightly file the item first, then paint with the patinas.

If you'd like to see the supply list, you can view it here.


  1. Oh, how cute! Love the aged effect and colors you used, and the jar of gnome whiskers had me cackling!

    1. Thanks Shannon! You can't see the inside of the bottle, but I took one of those fan paint brushes and cut the bristles off to make the Gnome Whiskers :D


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