I have not been arting as much lately and I was feeling a bit rusty as I sat down to work in Sue's "Faerie Folk" book this month. I went through so many different ideas of what to do for Sue. She likes dark themes (her instructions say "No Disney please"), so I wanted to feature a nymph or fairy that was more mysterious, haunting.
The other thing I did was to take Sue's name and run it through the Fairy Name Generator. This is an on-line tool that creates your very own personalized fairy name. Sue's name was Briar Beamfrost. I immediately liked the images that this name brought to my mind.
I found this ethereal image of a fairy and knew she would be the perfect Briar Beamfrost! When I found her, she only had one set of wings. I had to fix that. For my spread, I gave her four sets of transparent periwinkle wings! Can a fairy ever have too many wings?
I chose to copy the image onto vellum before placing it into her book. I love how the text shows through yet doesn't detract from the image. My extra sets of wings are also printed and cut out from vellum to create a 3-D effect. Glitter glue painted onto the vellum wings was the perfect addition. I think her wings look so real--almost like a dragonfly!