Painted Dresses for the Fairies

I have spent some time, trying to woo the fairies that live in my garden and studio into doing a bit of cleaning for me. Recently, I have even painted them some beautiful dresses.

Vintage Romance painting by Janell Mithani

Oh, but to no avail…they just aren’t interested in sweeping up my messes. Unfortunately, I share their disposition! 🙂

But, the Altadena Open Studios Tour is quickly approaching, and someone needs to get busy!

Do you have any ideas to motivate my fairy friends? Or me? 🙂

dress form painting by Janell Mithani

Dress Form 1, 10″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

Well, I am off to find a broom and dustpan…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Miniature Fairy Dress

One of the fairies who frequents my garden studio asked me to make her a pretty party dress.

foreverlovemini paper dress by Janell Mithani

I think both of our inner girlie-ness is what attracted her to my studio, in the first place.Forever love fairy dress by Janell MithaniForeverLoveDressbyJanellMithani7W
Since she has admired the painting I created that hangs over the window, I decided to make the bodice with paper made from prints of the painting.

PaintingandDressinStudioW  Here is a picture of the painting.

mixed media painting by Janell mithani

Forever Love, Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″

To make the bodice, I shrunk a print of the painting in Photoshop to a couple of different sizes (2 to 5 inches in length) and printed out a sheet of them. Then I tore the pictures into a bunch of tiny pieces of paper that I modge-podged together to form the bodice.  (I used a $1 store doll covered in plastic wrap as a “pattern.”)  I glued about 3-4 layers, letting then dry completely in between and then added glitter to the last layer before it dried.

Bodice close up of mini fairy paper dress by Janell Mithani

 

To get my bodice off the doll, I simply cut it in half up the back.  Then I did some trimming until I had the shape I wanted for the bodice.  I used one of my beading tools with a sharp point to punch holes along each side of the back opening so I could lace it up like a typical corset.  I then sewed all of the trim to the bodice with embroidery thread.

ForeverLoveDressbyJanellMithaniBack2W

For the skirt, I dug around my fabric stash and found some sage green tulle and sewed it to the bodice as well.  Then I painted the tulle with some green and pink acrylics that I watered down a bit.  On the last layer of paint, I added in some glitter and some of the printed flowers from the painting.

Forever love back view of dress by Janell Mithani

To display the mini dress, I created a little stand by drilling a hole in a block of wood and gluing a small round wooden dowel into the hole.  I used wood glue to adhere the dowel to the block since it was wood to wood, but I used my trusty E6000 glue to adhere the top of the dowel to the inside of the dress.

For a finishing touch, I glued the block of wood to an inverted votive candle holder.  Then I glued some gold rhinestone strips as well as three of the flowers from my prints to the candle holder so it matched the dress.

glass stand for mixed media mini fairy paper dress

I believe my little fairy friend is happy with the results…

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

 

 

Fairy Sketch #6, #7, and #8

Here are three more sketches in my 10 fairy sketches challenge.

Fairy # 6, “Petal, hanging out in a grove of trees”

Fairy and Tree sketch by Janell Mithani

 

Fairy #7, “Ready for the Party”

fairy in dress by janell mithani

Fairy #8, “Little Lamb”  —  I don’t know why, but lately when I sketch a fairy with curly hair she looks like a lamb to me!  Maybe it’s the ears… 🙂

Lamb fairy by Janell Mithani

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell