Verdantia of the Green-mist Forest
After the recent rain and summer humidity our garden is verdant - which is how I came to find Verdantia wandering around the fernery. She tells me she is visiting from the Green-mist Forest where, as you can see, she hides very successfully and so far has been one of the hardest dragons to capture on film.
She was excited to meet Cat who chased her out into the open where I was able to take a clearer photo.
As you can see Cat was not impressed and threatened to give her a smack if she came closer.
Remember poor Audrey who was beheaded - the body sat accusingly waiting for a new head.
I picked up another unfinished work (oh, yes! I have quite a collection) and suddenly thought what a wonderful tummy it would make for the Audrey body. This is the piece I used:
made from some revolting elasticised green fabric :
The origin of this piece was blogged here.
First a new head!
A new upper jaw - padded wadding, then covered with white stocking
Fangs were added using thin wire covered with stocking, the same process as used on Audrey.
The lower jaw was put together when I suddenly thought it would look better with teeth too, so I unpicked the stocking, sewed in some large plastic beads and pulled the stocking back over them.
The stockings over the fangs were then stiffened with fabric stiffener and the teeth and mouth gessoed and painted.
The body was then wrapped in the said revolting green fabric.
but first the spine - these large wooden beads came from a car seat cover that fell apart - hoarding sometimes pays off!
the next two photos show the spine with the fabric pulled over the beads:
The wings took some experimenting, adding extra wire to the body frame, stitching the fabric and pulling it up into ruches, adding hand made cords.
Then the fun part of painting over that awful fabric. I used acrylic paint, straight from the tube with no water, dry brushing it just over the ridges of the fabric.
I'm very happy with Verdantia, though she certainly took longer than a week to make.
(Have you noticed the dragons are getting bigger - hmmm, wonder if there is some plot hatching to take over)