Lately I am searching the web to find project ideas, as well as coming up with some original plans to bring my Gnome garden to life. I have taken some creative licence with my version of gnomes. I decided that they are more like an american version of leprechauns, and are the size of fairies. This means that the little gnomes I create will be approximately 5-6 inches tall. Part of this decision was made because I like the idea of humans seeming gargantuan compared to them, and because this conveniently puts them at a scale to use dollhouse items. It also makes the idea of them riding on rabbits seem more plausible- a foot tall fairy would be to heavy for a rabbit, I would think.
On this note, I have fallen in love with Pintrest. I have found a wealth of ideas for my pictures by searching for fairy gardens. I am endlessly impressed with people’s DIY ideas. Here is a picture of some of the supplies I have already purchased for my project. It is in no way a complete inventory, but it gives you an idea of where I am going with it. (and why I am so distracted lately by all the possibilities)
A sampling of my Gnome garden making supplies.
In addition to what is pictured here, I have tons of polymer clay, felt fabric to make the gnome clothes, a flurry of Popsicle sticks, and various other mediums to make items I didn’t buy (such as plates and tiny gnome doors).
There are a few things I need that I lack the funds for, which is partially where my Kickstarter project comes in (the other part is the actual publication). For example, I need realistic looking stuffed rabbits- which I have found online, but tend to be a tad expensive. If I knew how to make them myself I would be all over it; however, I am well aware of my limitations, and that is where my skills are lacking.
In the interest of showing you what I can do with these pictures once they are completed, I have a few samples below. Keep in mind I have not come to a firm decision on how the final project will look, but I promised you updates, and I shall not disappoint.
I went for a bit of a watercolor effect, then added edges.
Another angle, also with watercolor effect.
In this picture I created the drawing effect, and also changed the color a bit to make it look like a cold day.
This picture is unedited. I used an angle that looks like we are spying on the gnomes.
This keeps the picture realistic, however I added a little special effect magic to give the lantern light.
In this picture I used a cutout effect, making the image much more simplistic and cartoon-like.
This is a 2nd sample of the cutout effect, also with an adjusted color balance.
As always, I would love to know your opinions. Please let me know what you think in the comments section below.
*Please note that these images are my intellectual property. I do not give anyone the right to use or copy them without written permission from me.