This was going to be an illustration for one of my 'Fairy Cake' designs, but I have now decided to use it in a collage I am making for a friend for Christmas (I will post the collage when it's finished - I hope my friend doesn't read my blog in the meantime, haha). I will use the painting for a card illustration at a later date. Anyway, this is how I drew my fairies. First of all, I sketched out a very basic idea in my sketch book:
I scanned the image into photoshop and drew around the figure with a black line. I then started to experiment with colour:
This is a close up of the unfinished fairy's head. I'm painting her hair in a swirl pattern to match the swirly tail on the heart. I like swirls and curls and a lot of my designs incorporate this.
I then decided to change the dress colour to a turquoise blue and I added a friend for symmetry (I used the same fairy but flipped her and changed her hair and her face slightly).
I made the heart bigger so I could fit the beautiful words 'A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight, and walks with you in the shadows':
It's not a very good image, but I used this design in a simple collage for my friend, on canvas 8 inches by 8 inches. I printed it out on handmade paper, glued it to the canvas and embellished it with gingham cotton ribbon, lace and buttons that I found, shaped as hearts. Hope she likes it :-)