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Angels, Cherubs, Nymphs and Fairies

Angels are fictitious supernatural beings which appear in art and literature of various religions and mythologies.

Usually angels are presented as benevolent celestial beings who act as messengers between heaven and earth. The majority of art works represent angels as human figures of extraordinary beauty who appear with a halo, bird wings and a burst of light often referred to as a Nimbus halo.

Angel Winged and Not Winged

Angels have been illustrated though out history as wingless and winged both. Christian art most often represents angels as winged beings.

Earliest depictions of winged and un winged angels:

  • Wingless angels mid-3rd century: appear in the Catacomb of Priscilla an archaeological site situated in a Roman rock quarry
  • Winged angels 379-395: earliest known depictions found in the Prince's Sarcophagus of Theodosius I

Faiths and religions whose followers believe angels exist.

  • Abrahamic religions
    • Judaism
      • Jewish angelic hierarchy
      • Individual angels
  • Christianity
    • Interaction with angels
    • The New Church
    • Latter Day Saints
  • Islam
  • Bahá'í Faith
  • Satanism
  • Zoroastrianism
  • Neoplatonism
  • Sikhism
  • Esotericism
    • Hermetic Qabalah
    • Theosophy
  • Brahma Kumaris


According to Abrahamic religions, Cherubs originally protected the Garden of Eden.

In the Book of Ezekiel, one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, the cherub is described as having four faces, two pairs of wings, and two legs.

  • Lion
  • Ox
  • Human
  • Eagle

Cherubim in the In Western Christian tradition became associated with the putto, resulting in depictions of cherubim little plump, winged infants.


A fairy is a mythical, legendary creature in European folklore; Celtic, Slavic, German, English, and French. Myths and stories about fairies seem to be a collection of folk beliefs from various origins. Fairies may be depicted as demoted angels or demons, spirits of the dead and as precursors to the human race.

The word "fairy" may also be applied to describe small magical creatures with human appearance and a strong penchant for mischief and trickery. Sometimes goblins and gnomes are referred to as fairies for their ability to "enchant" or possess with "magical."


A nymph, in Greek mythology is a minor female deity. Unlike other Greek goddesses, nymphs are usually depicted as young maidens who enjoy dancing and singing. Nymphs reside in mountainous regions and forests located near springs or rivers.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts