Fairy gardens are all the rage right now and I do enjoy the whimsy of a fairy door, but I can’t say I’m much of a fan of the cute, brightly coloured affairs you often see.
This surprises you. I can tell.
My idea of a fairy door is rather more Medieval Gothic in nature, something like the one I made during the long dark days of winter, when I did a lot less blogging and a lot more creepy crafting.
Making a Medieval Gothic Fairy Door
As is often the way when I spot something on my travels, I had no firm ideas for the plain wooden fairy door I picked up for £2 in The Works. But mixed media tutorials like this and this lit the Halloween-making fire in my belly long before the old year was cold in the ground.
I couldn’t wait to see what I could do with these newfound techniques, but I was determined to use only what I already had in my craft stash. That ruled out Texture Paste, stencils, and Steampunk paraphernalia.
How to create faux stone
To create a stone effect, I spread Polyfilla randomly around the frame of the fairy door with a trowel, avoiding the hinges and latch areas. You may remember I used a similar technique to create the oversized artwork on the OneandSeventy landing. You can use any ready-made filler – I just happened to have Polyfilla to hand.
Once the filler was dry, I used Tulip Fabric Paint to create some raised detail around the arch.
But as I may have mentioned once or twice, freehand is not my forte, so let’s move swiftly along.
Once that was dry, I painted the frame in grey acrylic, then glued on some decorative beads that I also aged with Oregano Alcohol Ink.
How to age a wooden fairy door
Using “stippling” (tapping on the paint) and “dry brushing” (using the barest of colour), I went about ageing the frame in browns, greens and bronze.
To imitate the look of weathered wood, I painted the door brown, then stippled and dry brushed it with moss-coloured green paint. Then after glueing on a couple of metal embellishments I had on hand from my Spell Books, I applied the super special secret ingredient to make them look old and rusty.
Can’t remember what it was?
Hint: I used it in the macabre birdcage project.
Once everything was dry, it was time to re-attach the hardware and find a suitable place for my new Medieval Gothic fairy door.
In the absence of a fairy garden (I haven’t entirely discounted making one), I’ve put it on display in the Apothecary Cabinet.
OK, it might not be to scale, but it does look right at home alongside that mummified fairy!
So what do you reckon? I like to think it’s less sweet fairy door and more mysterious gateway into the unknown, but you be the judge. Let me know by dropping a comment below or come on over to Instagram or Facebook for a chat.
A hui hou,
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