Wednesday, June 29, 2016


 Welcome to my July Post for Retro Cafe Art Gallery, it's all about Tea, Dreams and Time Out.
Afternoon Tea is not a priority that I have placed in my life, it requires more scheduling and time that I already feel disappears minute by minute each day. I am by nature more of a coffee drinker than tea, although I do admire the quality quiet time that comes with the ritual of afternoon tea. There seems to be a rite of passage when you set aside time for tea.

  When it comes to tea, I am a dyed in the wool iced tea porch drinking Southern, and whether you drink tea hot or cold, there is definitely more to afternoon tea than what's on the serving tray.

Afternoon Tea, Where Dreams become Possibilities

Let us throw our tea bags into the Sea
And fetch some Dreams for you and me
And we shall sit and sup and dream, and wonder why
We ever dared to think we should not try
Come sit with me and drink some tea, and
talk of possibilities.
by Kim Collister

Since the label on her cup says: "Lucky Pearl", I thought it was only fitting that she  was holding a Pearl. I am sure she found it in her Tea Bag as she was Dream Catching. If you want to read the story that inspired the theme for my Teacup Fairy, she will be published in the Jan/Feb 16/17 issue of Somerset Studio Magazine. You also get a great deal if you pre-order.

How I made this Tea Cup Fairy

Tea Cup Fairy Kit From Retro Cafe Art Gallery
She stands 7" tall

I lay out all my pieces and dust off any residue.

If I am painting and not covering with paper, I gesso the pieces using white gesso.

I chose a face from my personal stash. This face was larger than the face on the body so I glued it to a thin cardboard and cut around it, making it more durable. Retro Cafe has a variety of faces that fit these kits perfectly.

I painted the arms and stamped them with a word script rubber stamp and set aside. 

I used a stencil on the tea cup on top of my  base color and let dry and then used a black gel pen to go around the design, also adding some dots of green paint. After the dots were dry, I added a gold dot from my Gold Pearl Pen. I let the cup dry and then went around the edges with some gold paint using my fingers.On the body I only painted the parts of the teacup on the body that would show since I would be gluing the teacup piece above onto the body. 

I added paper to the body using a map design from one of the ATC collage sheets from Retro Art Gallery.

I knew I wanted to incorporate a tea bag with this tea cup,so I went with a side view face that I had in my personal stash. I placed the right upper arm on top of the body with the included brads and the left upper arm behind the body which gave it just the look I was hoping for.

Before gluing on the top tea cup piece, I put the tea bag string on the front body and placed the tea cup piece over it with the tea "tag" hanging over the cup. After attaching the arms, I draped the tea bag over the arm. I put a dab of Inka Gold – Gold/Brown on the top of the brads so they weren’t a shiny silver.

The tea bag was made by first emptying all the "dry" tea and spraying a wet paper towel with Tim Holtz Dylusions spray inks, and then blotting the tea bag onto the wet paper towel where I wanted to add a little color to the tea bag and the tag. I let it dry and then glued on shells and used a black gel pen to write on the bag and finished it with some Fairy Sparkles.

On the bottom stand or saucer for the cup, I added two colors of blue blending them, edged the rim with Gold Rush Art Alchemy Paint, added some Art Ingredients Micro Beads, and some shell paper cuts.

For the Butterfly Wings, I used a blue acrylic paint and blended with Prima Art Alchemy Emerald Green. Then I took my black gel pen and added some enhancements.

After all the pieces were painted and papered and I felt comfortable with how they looked, I began assembling the pieces together using a clear strong glue. The last thing I glue on is the face and then when everything is dry, I glue the entire piece onto the stand.

Lastly, I added finishing touches around the edges where needed and I painted the back side a solid brown just to cover up my messiness back there. I added a shell and the word DREAM and some Mirco Beads at the base.

There are many, many possibilities with this Teacup Fairy and there are different versions available! 
What a wonderful way to remind a friend that you are Dreaming and thinking of them when you are taking some time out and enjoying afternoon Tea!


Fairy Sparkles -on tea bag

Dylusions Spray Inks

Acrylic Paint

Tea Bag- any kind

Stazon Ink Pad – Timber brown

Word script Rubber Stamp (used with arms)
Small Pearl
Face-from my personal stash
Faces for this kit + 
There is a large variety of faces/heads and sizes 


  1. So perfect!!! Love the colors, the stenciling and the quirkiness of the whole piece. It makes me smile!

  2. This piece makes me so happy! Such a beautiful dream catcher! So awesome!!! xoxo

    1. Thank you Kristin, I am pretty happy with how she turned out. Loving all the possibilities with these Tea Cup Fairies!

  3. So fantastical! Absolutely love her!

    1. Thank you bunches my crazy talented art sister!!

  4. Ahhhh - your teacup fairy is wonderful Kim. To me, YOU are the queen of dolls. This is another perfect example of your fabulous creativity. And even a poem to go along. Your step by step was super fun to read too. Thanks bunches for always being such an INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION. Xj.

    1. Thank you Joi, you have no idea how much you made my day today!!!!!!!

  5. Kim, she is just exquisite!! I adore everything about her!! Thank you so very much for sharing your steps!! I love paper dollies!! Even in teacups!! ") xx

  6. Thanks Jackie, me toooo! This one has been my favorite so far and my first teacup fairy to make. There are three styles at Retro Cafe and all just a little different. I want to make a couple more to put a different look on them. Sigh...and the list goes on :)

  7. Just lovely, Kim. Dolls are one of the things I want to do when I retire. Such cool pieces to put together. You did a masterful job.


Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. You are a blessing to me!