French: fairy; one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers.

Etymology: from Old French fae, from Vulgar Latin Fāta, “goddess of fate”, from the plural of Latin fātum, “fate”.



Fairy Dust Nebula frame by frame.

This one is for you A.J. You asked me how do I do it, so here’s how I do it.

1. Start with a black background (drag the black color from your color palet to your paper).

2. Create a shape with the watercolor tool (color white).

3. Choose a color you like and change the white color (also with the watercolor tool).

* You have to start with white, because no other color will be visible on a black background if you use the watercolor tool.

4. Blur and shape it with Pencil and you will get something like IMAGE 1.

* in this case I also used the fountain pen tool to add some white lines.

5. To get stars to glow, place some dots with the fountain pen tool (in this case I used the color white), then in ZOOM mode make a really fast blur with your finger (It’s more like a touch swipe). Fast enough to keep the shape of the dot, but the area around the dot will get a glow.

* In IMAGE 2 you see two dots placed with the fountain pen tool, the right dot has been given a glow.

* If you blur to slow, the dot will turn into a little blurred stripe (can also be fun if doing falling stars), and if you blur without using the ZOOM tool it will blur to much.

6. By this time you will have something like IMAGE 3 and it’s time to add some more stars. For normal stars (no glow) I always use the soft lead pencil tool, and I use different colors. Also use darker colors that are almost not visible but you can see them in ZOOM mode.

* In the last image (IMAGE 6), you can see the color palet I mostly use for stars.

* Sometimes I darken stars with the watercolor tool (color black), but only on places where the background is black. I also place some larger stars. In ZOOM mode use the soft lead pencil tool and wiggle around to create a slightly larger dot.

7. When creating a planet that has a size like in this drawing, use the fountain pen tool to place the largest dot possible (in this case I used the color white).

8. Now in ZOOM mode, use the soft lead pencil tool and let your fantasy choose the colors to fill the dot. Use the soft lead pencil tool very gently (one move at the time).

* If you make multiple moves without lifting your Pencil from the screen, the line will get harder. That’s why I always make one move at the time, to get softer lines.

9. Now that you are filing the dot, you are probably thinking.. "How do I keep it round ? because the soft lead pencil goes over the edges". What you can do is, use the watercolor tool to color the edges. The watercolor tool will have no effect on a black background (except when using the color white).

10. To give your planet a nice shading, first choose the location of your light source. You can use both the watercolor tool or the soft lead pencil tool to make the shading.

11. The second planet (or in this case a moon), is basically created the same way as the first one. But in this case I placed a smaller black dot, and made some small edits with the soft lead pencil tool. Now you will have something like IMAGE 4 and IMAGE 5.

12. If you think it’s done, then it’s done. Most of the finishing touches are probably the stars. Maybe add some more, or even remove or darken some. But of course you can also change the nebula shape any time during this process.

That’s it !

🔗 Fairy Dust Nebula

Faerie Gardening

Whether or not you believe in fairies, a fairy garden is a charming addition to your landscaping. Even if fairies don’t make an appearance, this themed garden will attract other welcome visitors such as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Begin by selecting the proper location for your garden. The ideal location is a spot some distance from the house that gets dappled shade and not a great deal of foot traffic.

Select plants with delicate, nodding flowers or leaves and pleasing fragrances. It is always best to use native varieties when you can get them.
columbine, snapdragons, foxglove, lady’s slipper, nasturtium, fern, heather, pansy, peony, violets, poppy, irises, mints, thyme and roses are excellent choices.

Miniature versions of these are also suitable. Wooly thyme and corsican mint make lovely resting places and miniature roses look charming among fairy statuary.

Shrubberies provide protection and a lovely backdrop. Try rosebushes, blackberry, barberry and holly.

Trees can also provide shade and welcome protection to fairies and wildlife. Try elder, hawthorn, oak, ash and birch.

A fairy garden should never be a manicured space with everything in its place. You should give your plants the opportunity to do what comes naturally… to get a natural affect. It may take a few seasons for this to happen, but the wait is worth it.

If you can, incorporate water into your garden plan. A bird bath, a small pond or a fountain or waterfall will fit the bill. If you use a bird bath, use the sort that rests on the ground rather than putting one on a pedestal.

Decorate your garden with fairy themed statuary. Select elegant or whimsical pieces. Little faces peering out of the ground or out of your trees, stepping stones with fairy images, or other pieces portraying fairies, gnomes or other mythical creatures are all appropriate. Shiny wind chimes, wind dancers and gazing balls will add to the effect. Include hiding places, such as tree stumps, piles of stones or mounds of soil or broken or tipped flowerpots.

You may also wish to include a spot where you will place offerings and gifts for the fairy folk. A large, flat rock is suitable for this or you may wish to use an ornamental bowl of some sort, or a large seashell. Use your imagination and creativity!

When your garden is complete, be sure to invite the local fairies to come enjoy your garden. You may wish to do a formal welcoming or dedication ceremony or simply focus your conscious intent as you work.