Welcome to September and four brand new Celtic Collective lessons!!
Last month "Fairies in Jars" were requested by the group,
so here you go - 3 fun watercolor lessons, and one literal fairy in a jar :)
We hope you love them!
This month your lessons can be found
in the Seelie Court (Friendly Fae) classroom.
Just when you thought fairies were cute, putting them in jars takes them to a whole new level of adorable doesn't it?!
Just look at this... isn't she the cutest?!
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As you know, working small is hard for me... so my wee fairy isn't quite so wee, and has ended up in a bit of a jar-shaped fish bowl, LOL!
Honestly, I suggest you do kinda the same, because for this particular project I'm creating my fairy and goldfish on a separate piece of waterclor paper and cutting her out to glue onto a seperate sheet of paper with my watercolor jar. You may want to do the same :)
I left you a reference image of the most beautiful fairy girl holding a goldfish, along with 2 from me, including my final and a closeup of my fairy girl to help you along.
If you have your Celtic Collection book of reference images (or the eBook), this is where today's reference comes from.
✨Not sure where to find your FREE eBook? Click here to download it and print a couple of pages, or just pull up this particular image on your phone and set it next to you while you work. If you don't have a physical copy of this book and would like one, click here to order one from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3YYLP1o
As always, you use whatever you have, this is what I used...
I drew my fairy and fish on 8"x8" watercolor paper: https://amzn.to/44VzEoh
The jar was drawn on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor Paper 11” x 14” https://amzn.to/3kVTJsj
Using Pentel GraphGear Mechanical Pencil https://amzn.to/3OMntBT
Polina Bright Watercolor Brushes https://www.polinabright.com/karencampbell and use coupon code KARENCAMPBELL to save 10% off your order
All the watercolors are from the Woodlands Set by Prima https://amzn.to/3DGOe77
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THIS.
Simply use similar colors from your own stash.
Molotow fineliners https://amzn.to/45xkLsh
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Frisket Set (brushes not included, just be sure to use stiff/OLD ones) https://amzn.to/3qj9BYT
Copic Opaque Paint with Brush https://amzn.to/3Dfr1ZW
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen https://amzn.to/3WIhj9g
Click here or on the button below to start this 1.5ish hour lesson:)
I think you're gonna love this one! The pic above doesn't do her justice at all! It's SO freaking adorable and worth it in person when you're done!! She's a super satisfying crafty project and so glittery and beautiful to light up a dark room when you're done.
For this project, I went on a field trip to pick up a few supplies,
but did my best to keep them minimal and cheap!
I don't have links for the things I picked up at my local craft store and dollar store, but I'm sure you can find exactly the same items at yours!
Adhesive (I recommend but did not use regular matte Mod Podge)
Ultra Fine Glitter (Michaels)
Twine or Jute or ribbon (Michaels)
Some fake foliage (Michaels)
Tea light (battery operated by Dollar Tree)
Moss (Dollar Tree)
Additionally in this lesson, you'll find I left you a PDF file of our Celtic Collective Fairy silouette so you can trap her in your own jar :)
Click here or on the button below to start this 30-minute lesson!
If you're only in the mood to watercolor today, Lucy has included a line drawing of her mushroom fairy in a jar so you can trace away and pull your watercolors out sooner :)
Lucy painted her fairy using the exact same Prima watercolor set as I did for the Terrain fairy last month! So if you happen to have that already, you can use it again for this project. But remember, you totally don't need to buy this watercolor set. Use whatever you have!
Here's what else Lucy used to create this adorable fairy in a jar...
Isn't she beautiful?!! Lucy again included the line drawing of this fairy in the classroom in case you'd prefer to trace instead of draw her free hand.
This fairy in a jar lesson was done in gouache (opaque watercolor). If you don't have gouache, go ahead and use regular watercolor, or even acrylics. It's totally up to you.
Never Tried Gouache Before?
If you're totally new to gouache and interested in trying it and want to buy a set to play around with, we recommend you visit the Quill & Parchment classroom.
Lucy has a 10-minute overview of which gouache supplies she uses and loves, and I have a quick 5-minute video in the same classroom.
Lucy also has a Beginner Gouache lesson in the Maiden's classroom that you may want to watch as well prior to working on this project.
Again- use whatever you have for this gouache fairy in a jar lesson, here's what Lucy used...
Not in the Mood for Fairies in Jars?
Kidding! It's fine! Every project is NOT for everyone!
Feel free to check out the Latest Lessons classroom if you didn't get a chance to do our August Lammas lessons, or to check out the Visual Index for something different that DOES take your fancy!!
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