For someone who grew up in a culture where Santos inhabited our homes it was such a thrill to be able to transform a blank one from the collection of Sandra EvertsonRead More
I believe that our life experiences shape so much of our interests and passions. Throughout my childhood, our family moved often, we lived in both ordinary and extraordinary places. One such place was Puerto Rico.Read More
I am, and always have been FOREVER a BELIEVER of do-it-yourself (when possible) and even a believer of the IMPOSSIBLERead More
On my recent trip to Europe I saw many frescos, mosaics and murals. I am drawn to the beauty that they hold, whether it be the color, texture or composition.Read More
Hi My name is Etsuko and I am so excited to be the Relics & Artifacts Guest Ambassador this month. This is a great opportunity and honor to me.Read More
My inspiration for this piece was the countenance of the stern-looking god, who I decided was Poseidon. And of course, Poseidon would display his most valued treasure in an ornate Ostensorium.Read More
If you follow Instagram, you'll know there are quite a few challenges ongoing at any given month. My daughter asked if I would do a MerMay challenge with her this May. "Bring it on", I said and I have been art journaling the month long.Read More
Hi all! This is Gwen Lafleur and I’m thrilled to be the Relics & Artifacts Guest Ambassador for May! I’ve been a fan of Relics & Artifacts since they first were first released, so it was a lot of fun for me to have this opportunity to come up with a project to share this monthRead More
This FUSE Collaboration with RubberMoon has been particularly Inspiring and Invigorating. Each and Every Piece holds within it the Creative Energies of Artists United in the blending of their talents.Read More
“She was beautifully out of place. Sometimes I believe she intended to be. Like the moon during the day.”Read More
Art can be very personal-so when another creator sends you a piece to finish, they are actually sending you a little piece of themselvesRead More
I hope you're having fun as the Collaboration between the Relics and Artifacts Ambassadors and the Design Team from RubberMoon combine their artistc flair to bring you unique takes on both companies.Read More
The combination of the Artists from Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon has produced some beautiful Creations and today is no exception. Here is Darlene Madden.Read More
The artists of Relics & Artifacts have joined with the artists of RubberMoon Stamps for a unique collaboration called Fuse. Today’s installment features Relics & Artifacts Ambassador, Heather Thompson.Read More
Visual artists seldom get to collaborate with others to create a piece of Art so we're presenting a series of pieces created by two or more artists.Read More
Guest Artist, Susan Harkness-Williams shares a Dream and her Art.Read More
I think the greatest gift my mother passed on to me was the ability to see potential, potential in the broken, battered, everyday items, as she always found a way to work her magic and make them beautiful. I remember as a young girl watching her take apart an upholstered sofa that definitely was worn, weary and weak in its current state. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me that she was going to re-cover it with new beautiful fabric! I said, “Do you know how to do that?” She replied, “No, but I will figure it out as I go.” Millions of staples and upholstery tacks later, she had pattern pieces to work with in order to guide her along on her “new and improved” journey. I admired her “chase fear to the curb” kind of attitude in all that she did in her life. I try to live that way everyday.
Speaking of everyday, I decided to do a special project for this blog. Taking a few everyday items from my local dollar store I combined them with some spectacular pieces from the Relics & Artifacts collection, a self-imposed challenge of sorts.
Relics & Artifacts Coquille
Small glass vial
Assorted mini beads and sea glass
Ribbon and wire to wrap handle on substrate
Spray inks, blue, green.
Apply brown acrylic paint to Coquille shells.
Wipe off immediately with a soft cloth, leaving a nice aged patina to start creating with.
Using a blue acrylic paint, paint the metal substrate and let dry. Choose a watery looking stencil and use texture paste and spray inks to add some color on to the metal substrate. Let dry.
Add trim to the outside of the substrate for more texture and place shells and filigrees in place. Using a bit of white glue, add a touch of glitter on the waves for reflection and interest.
Glue shells on with a strong adhesive and then embellish each one with treasures inside the shells. Wrap rope handle with wire and ribbons and add a few beads to dangle at one ends of the handle.
Let dry overnight and enjoy a watery feeling art piece made from simply Mixing It Up!!!!!
Back in July, a few of us at Relics & Artifacts had the wonderful opportunity to join in the Mixed Up Mag special scrapbooking edition. Many of you might have already sent this project, but still worth sharing.
I also wanted to share some inspiration as Monica's scrapbooking challenge will be wrapping up at the end of the month. Hopefully, this gives your mojo a little nudge to submit your entries in our Relics & Artifacts Tribe on Facebook.
This is a mixed media layout featuring the Mythos collection with an aged, crackle technique. The Relics are never too big to put on a page. It just takes a little imagination.
With lots of texture and layers (I love my layers), a beautiful artistic page for some inspiration is born! Let's see your entries and don't forget to use the hashtag #RAScrapbook to be entered!