Ah, the fascination of mushrooms, with their bizarre, alien quality. This group includes some real mushrooms I found and used as props and some I made. The first photgraph is of some mushroom houses that I made for a scene that was used in an educational reader illustration in 1979. To see more mushroom houses and read about the story in another post go here.
Skip ahead 20 years to this photograph, which shows some of the first Blossom Fairies that I offered as kits in 1999.
This is a pair of wee folk sitting in a cluster of mushrooms that were growing so fast that I had to run home and get my camera before they changed shape.
I molded the next mushroom from clay, glued kid leather on top and painted the leather red. For the photo shoot, I put some drops of glycerine on the mushroom to look like rain.
This last one is from my up-coming book, Pocketful of Posies (Sept. 2010).
Note: See other posts in the Close-ups series archive here.