fredag den 1. august 2008

How to Catch Fairies on Paper 2

The first thing you will need to do if you want to draw and paint fairies is to find the places where they live. Most people won't be able to see the fairies, even if there was a fairy sitting right in front of them. The problem is that fairies are very good at blending in with their surroundings. There is a misunderstanding among humans that fairies can make them selves invisible, but to my knowledge they don't use any kind of magic to hide for humans, they simply camouflage them selves. Some fairies can change the colour of their skin just like the chameleon.
No matter where in the world you live you can find fairies, even in very hot or cold places. You can find fairies in large cities, as well as in the wild. You won't have to go far; most likely you have fairies living near by you.
The best time of the day to find fairies is early in the morning or by sunset. The Fairies are busy collecting food in the morning, or they may be one their way to a near by fairy market. At sunset the fairies gather to do their faire dance. Fairies works just as hard as humans, they create most of the things them selves, and some fairies even have special skills.
When you are ready to go, gather your pencils, water colour, and paper. I would suggest you make sketches in a small sketch book. Keep you sketches small, and do them fast, in this way you will get as many fairies down on paper as possible.
Decide where you want to track down your first fairies. If possible bring a chair; you might spend a great deal of time on location before you get to see any fairies. If this is the first time you try to catch fairies on paper, you should try to find a place with flowers to sit. It's harder to find the fairies in the city, but try to look in the windows of the flower shops. Fairies are attracted to these kinds of shops because they can collect food there.
If you haven't seen any fairies within an hour, you might want to try my eye squeeze technique. Take a deep breath and try to relax. Now squeeze your eyes, and try to watch a near by flower. By squeezing your eyes you will only see the darkest shadows, and the highlight of the flower. This is the moment you might be able to catch a glimpse of a fairy. You should look for the highlights reflected in the fairies hair, and wings. Now open your eyes, and try to stay focussed on the fairy. If you find this is difficult, practice it a few times before you start to sketch. Soon you will be amazed how many fairies you can catch on paper in you sketch book.
It is very exciting to catch fairies on paper, and I know that some of you might be tempted to try to catch a fairy, to bring home. I have seen nasty examples of people who catch fairies in bottles or glass jars, please don't do that! Fairies can't be kept as pets, do not try to catch them, they are wild creatures, and they wont survive in captivity very long. If you want fairies in your house, you need to attract them just like birds. Buy pots of flowers, and place them in your windows. All kind of flowers will do, but fairies are especially attracted to flowers with a lot of fragrance, and flowers with very bright colours. If you want to make the fairies comfortable you can make a small bed and place it in one of you flower pots. You can make it from all kind of things, and if you want to attract a fairy fast, you can try to drop perfume on the pillow in the bed you make.

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