They do exist….

Fairies, that is! Over the past several years I have done my best to make sure that fairies have fun places to live. Who knew when I was in graduate school in architecture that my favorite designs would be fairie houses! Today I have a home for an elegant fairie, the Sugar Plum Fairy!

This project was completed without the use of any pattern paper, everything was done with stenciling and mediums and heat embossing on chip board. The roof lifts off to reveal a box to hold an 8″ x 11″ album.

To create this project, I did assemble the box of the building before applying the stenciling. I first painted the body of the house with TCW9001 White Gesso before painting with aqua liquid acrylic. I then stenciled with TCW9044 Light and Fluffy Modeling Paste (my very, very favorite) and the TCW829 Heartfelt Flower stencil .

After the Light and Fluffy Medium dried, I did a liquid acrylic wash in a plum color, wiping away much of the wash. I added a vintage feel with a bit of dye ink. A coat of TCW9006 Gloss Gel Medium gave it a magical sheen.

For the window and door surrounds, I painted them first with TCW9010 Silver Gesso followed by stencil polka dots using TCW246 Swiss Dot and Light and Fluffy Medium. After the dots dried, I inked them with pigment ink in pink and coated the wet ink with clear iridescent embossing powder. Afterwards a light wash with the plum acrylic is wiped to show much of the silver.

For the roof accents, I used TCW5009 Stripes and, yup, my favorite Light and Fluffy Paste. The Crafters Workshop generously provides us with many of the materials used in the project (opinions of the products are mine though). Included in the goodies sent were several stencils made of food grade plastic. Awesome for decorating cakes and cookies. This striped stencil was one of these food stencils. I thought to myself when I pulled it out, “Let’s get real, I’m not going to be using this on cookies!” LOL! so I decided to sacrifice if for the faeries. (Once its used for paint, don’t use it on food!) I first painted the bands with White Gesso, then painted pink liquid acrylic, followed by the stenciled strips. A little dye ink for vintage flavor and voila! My favorite, stripes!

The roof was painted with TCW9002 Black Gesso that was then dry brushed with a lavender pigment ink. To add some icy accent to the roof and widows, I hand painted TCW9012 Shimmery Goodness.

Next was adding follage and accessories. The mushrooms were created from styrofoam eggs cut in half, painted, and then coated with Gloss Gel Medium. While still wet, they were dipped in fine glitter. White Gesso was added randomly to the foliage to give it a frost kissed look.

For more info on how to create your own Sugar Plum Fairy House, you can visit my blog/website at www.lauradenisondesigns.com

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