Four Little Handmade Halloween Witches

Fall is already here in Seattle, Halloween is just around the corner, and I’ve been whipping up some miniature little witch dolls to celebrate!

a group of four handmade miniature witches for halloween decorations

If you’ve been following my blog, it may come as no surprise that my favorite holiday is absolutely, 100 percent Halloween. Crafting these spooky little witches was the perfect way to get me into the holiday spirit. These are all based on my miniature Paperclay art doll pattern (a tutorial for which can be found here), though each one is one of a kind and completely unique! They have jointed limbs and black felt witch hats, with different faces, hairstyles, tiny outfits, and little handcrafted accessories. They even each have their own little rhyming poem, written to describe the personality of each doll!

Morwenna: Marvelous Morwenna / stirs her brew. / In goes a salamander, / a frog, a newt.

miniature handmade halloween witch carrying a bottle of witch's brew and a broom

Morwenna carries her own miniature bottle of handmade witch’s brew in one hand, and her broom in the other. She wears a traditional black witch dress with a striped corset secured with tiny red ribbons.

Amanita: Amanita, with her broom / sweeps the stardust from the moon.

Grumpy little Amanita is probably my favorite of the group! She has long, black, Wednesday Adams – style braids, a striped skirt, and carries her own little hand crafted witch’s broom.

Stella: Elegant Stella, in her hat / hexes a little of this and that.

No one wears a witch hat quite like Stella. Stella has a thick black braid and a stylish over-sized witch hat, and wears an elegant Victorian-inspired velvet and lace dress. Perhaps she’s going to a fancy Halloween ball!

Penny: “Pish,” said my mother, “Don’t worry dear / Tis naught but Penny the Pumpkin Witch / and a pumpkin is nothing to fear!”

Poor Penny; no one is afraid of a Pumpkin! Little Penny wears a patched orange wool skirt and matching scarf with a green sweater. Her curly black hair is free and wild, and she carries a miniature jack o’ lantern pumpkin.

Penny and Morwenna are already sold and on their way to their new homes, but Amanita and Stella are still available in my Etsy shop.

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The Free Folk was Featured in a Beautiful Blog Article

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I’m so honored to have been featured in a beautiful article by fellow blogger The Wild Juniper! The Wild Juniper posts weekly artist features in the Lifestyles section of her blog, and looking back over her past posts, she’s picked some fantastic artists and makers that I can’t wait to check out!

Leah, head of The Wild Juniper, is an incredible writer who perfectly captured the way that I work and how stories shape and inspire every aspect of my art – and the rest of my everyday life! I hope you’ll take the time to read the full feature here, and to view more of my dolls in my Etsy shop!

New Fairy Tale Shadowbox Art: “The Key in the Forest”

A key shimmers in the forest, hanging from the bough of a tree. What is it to? Where does it lead?

miniature diorama of a magical fairytale forest

For “The Key in the Forest” I was able to try out a new art medium combining painting and miniatures: creating a magical fairy tale shadowbox!

magical forest diorama art by The Free Folk

I created the magic-mirror-style sliding lid I used with this wooden box and the tiny clay mushrooms which peep up from the moss several months ago, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to use them. Later, after a tree was cut down in my neighborhood, I came across a bundle of sticks that looked remarkably like slender dark trees, and found an interesting miniature key hidden at the bottom of my drawer of charms and beads. I began to imagine a dark forest growing behind a mirror, a tiny forest which could fit in the palm of my hand, and a magic key hidden there…

“The Key in the Forest” is created in a wooden box about 7 inches high by 5 inches wide by 4 inches deep. The cardboard sliding lid was made by me and painted with watercolors and gilt. Inside, all four sides of the box are painted to resemble a fairy tale forest. Sticks form the forest’s dark trees, and moss carpets the forest floor and creates the trees’ canopy. Handmade clay mushrooms peep out from the forest floor, and in the center of the scene hangs a shimmering miniature key.

The piece is signed and dated on the back, where its name is also written. It is available for purchase now in my Etsy shop here.

The Rainy Forests of Washington

My hubby, corgi, and I are still settling into our new home in Seattle, which I’ll use as my excuse for why I haven’t been as active on this blog as I have in the past. This past weekend we went hiking near Washington’s Franklin Falls, and I was able to get some shots of the area’s beautiful rainy green forests.

cabins, river, and forest at franklin falls near seattle, wa

With all of the tasks that come with moving across the country behind me, I’ve finally been able to spend some time working on a few art projects which have been brewing in my mind for a while. I should have lots more to share in the coming weeks!