I had lovely fun painting these. I normally paint with gesso first on MDF, but on this occasion I just used Pebeo acrylic paint directly - apart from the doors.
The effect on the doors was an experiment based on a demo by Ali Reeve. I used Distress ink pads on the doors - having put a little acrylic paint on the "striped" section. I then sprinkled on Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and heated it up, and then applied more distress inks of various colours (there is even purple on them believe it or not!) I love the effect of the one layer of embossing powder.
I made a little skirt for the fairy using chiffon and my special soldering iron for material.
I then tackled the Christmas Elf, using the same techniques:
and some more photos taken in different locations - outside my den, and at the base of one of our oak trees.