Cicely Mary Barker always used children to model for her paintings. She would ask the child model to hold the flower, twig, or blossom so that she could capture the botanical accuracy of the plant. She has been compared to Beatrix Potter in her depictions of the plants and flowers in which the fairies dwell.
Beginning in 1911, when she was just fifteen, her work was being printed on greeting cards. From that point onward, she was selling her work to magazines, postcard and greeting card manufacturers, and book publishers. Cicely’s fairies are not the fairies of the supernatural, but portraits of real children whose characters match the characters of the flowers ~ they are notable because of the sweet and realistic depiction of the children.
I fastened a hand made charm from a chain inside the ball right next to my “mini-mom” cut out, added some vintage sheet music butterfly wings to her back, and burnished the edges with copper ink.
Some of the biographical information about Cicely Mary Barker was taken from Wikipedia.