Seeing the projects our Tribe members post in the Relics & Artifacts® Tribe on Facebook is always so much fun. I love seeing all the different ways everyone creates with these craft blanks. As Relics & Artifacts® Ambassadors, we like to create projects for these challenges to cheer you on and inspire you. I have been so busy the last few weeks, that I wasn’t able to participate and make something for the #RAShadesofRed Challenge we just wrapped up.
After seeing all the submissions for the challenge, even though it has ended now, I was so inspired that I had to make something. This piece, “Inspiration”, is dedicated to our Relics & Artifacts® Tribe. You are all an inspiration to me. I love seeing what you create. I learn and grow from watching you make.
Leave me a comment here on this post, and tell me where you find your inspiration. I will be drawing one winner from the comments below to receive my "Inspiration" piece as a thank you gift. Keep creating and inspiring. Keep growing and pushing your boundaries. We love what you do!!
If you are not already a member of the Relics & Artifacts® Tribe, we would love to have you join us. It is a friendly, positive, and very supportive group with endless inspiration.
Relics & Artifacts® "Rising Spirit II"
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim Gold Angel Wings
Relics & Artifacts® Bohemian Jewels "Peridot"
Verday 2 oz Paint Kit
DecoArt Acrylic Paints (reds and pinks)
White Signo Pen
Black Micro pen
Liquid gold pen
This month's "From the Tribe" RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Guest Ambassador is a woman of incomparable talent. She's been in the industry for quite some time and has worked with a multitude of people to include Donna Downy. It is our pleasure to introduce DeeDee Catron as February's Guest Ambassador. Grab a coffee, a comfy seat, and let's let DeeDee show us what she's all about!
"I am a Mixed Media Artist | Instructor | Designer sorting through the ever expansive mixed media world in an effort to conquer ALL.THE.THINGS. I can never settle on one medium or one technique and I truly love to throw them all together. I live in Las Vegas and I teach classes both locally and abroad. I also offer occasional paid eCourses and tons of free mixed media demonstration via my YouTube channel."
DeeDee's work of art is absolutely mind blowing in its composition and construction. We'll let her share the story.
Hello Relics & Artifacts Tribe! I'm super excited to be here today sharing a project I worked up specifically for Sandra and the amazing team. I've been a long time fan of the girls who work the Muse and Toil was a labor of love inspired by each and every one of them.
Toil started out as a political statement and evolved into a much more personal expression. It's about keeping the balance between respect and courage.
Between wants and needs,
Between light and dark,
Between life and death.
It's about the inner struggle and which wolf we'll feed today.
Toil encompasses a lot of symbolism and there are a lot of struggles on the piece. The contrast in texture between the smooth resin and the harsh grungy masking tape is so appealing. The full figured Renaissance style face versus the feeble old skeleton makes my heart race. It's always fun for me to start a project, watch it morph, finish it and then talk about it. When Mr. Catron saw the finished piece he blurted out, "It looks like a mausoleum!" and I was so happy about that! It wasn't something I INTENDED but what a cool final effect, right?
What do YOU see when you look at Toil? What emotions are stirred, if any? I really look forward to conversing with you about the art. ♥
DeeDee's art invokes thought and is every bit as evocative as it is provocative. She's so graciously put together a Snapguide tutorial for you on how to create a piece like this one. Beautiful, powerful, thoughtful and so full of soul, we thank you for sharing your creativity with us. For more about you can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Instagram (@deedeecatron), and YouTube.
Relics & Artifacts® Egg Shrine
Relics & Artifacts® Archangels
Golden Fluid Matte Medium
Golden Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic
Golden Heavy Gel
Liquitex Glaze Medium
Liquitex Gesso (P) (White & Clear)
DecoArt Media Gray Fluid Acrylic
UmWowStudio Star Confetti Chipboard
UmWowStudio Angel Wings Chipboard
Stabilo Marks All
Amazing Crafting Products 2 Part Clear Cast Resin
Mona Lisa Gold Foil
May Arts Ribbon
Tim Holtz Rubons
Tim Holtz Alterations & Configurations Box
Sand paper, scissors, heat tool, clay tools, baby wipes, canvas strings, plastic skeleton, paint brush, measuring cups, stir stick, vintage italian text, paint cup, water, coffee, graphite pencil, vintage dictionary page, masking tape
I get enjoyment from many different aspects of Creating.
Sometimes I have a plan and do quick sketches to get my ideas down on paper and while I have dozens of sketchbooks filled with project drawings and ideas, it would take me years to actually make all the pieces I've designed and want to create.
I love collecting, gathering and sorting through my antique materials.
Taking time to try out different arrangements until I find the perfect piece and placement, you know it's the piece that looks as though it were made to go in that spot!
The golden seed beads and bouillon trims you see here came off of a 1920's Flapper dress and all of the set stones are actually "paste" stones from the 1700's. Paste is a term they used for a certain kind of highly refractive lead glass that was hand cut, faceted and then polished to resemble real gem stones.
The large center stone is also early paste. These stones are getting harder to find all the time.
In order to get just the right look on the flames I've layered several different tones of yellow from mustard to butter, sun to sunset, all topped with little highlights of metallic gold.
When I'm hunting for antique pieces it's the details that make all the difference for me. The thing I go crazy for on these stones is the setting, look closely, each setting has a little dot of round metal that holds the stone securely, isn't it beautiful?! And just so unique.
When the last bit of embellishment has been applied another aspect of being a maker is ready to happen. Photographing the finished piece is a much fun for me as making it was. It's an expedition, traveling around the object, camera in hand, peering through the lens just waiting for the right angle to reveal itself.
And lastly the satisfaction I get when actually wearing a piece I made from beginning to end. The sense of pride and accomplishment means so much to me, its especially gratifying in times of unrest in the world.
I never take for granted the act of creation. Makers are the journey takers, the adventures, the wanders and the experimenters. Thats who we are, we explore, we observe, we absorb, we interpret, we express and we contribute.
E6000 Adhesive/Tacky Glue
Acrylic Paints Yellow Tones/Gold/Brick Red
2016 was a year of many adventures! One of them was the development of a stencil line based on my art journal entries with The Crafter's Workshop. At the recent Creativation show in Phoenix, they were finally revealed and of course I needed to see how well they paired with Relics & Artifacts®!
I thought Flora was the perfect pairing and after adding it in her hair, I decided to add some strands of Bohemian Jewels. They added the perfect flow to her hair! When you see her up close she glows with the foil! To be able to show part of her shine, I had to put her on an angle as foil tends to catch the light. I prepared for you a Snapguide tutorial so you can see the process of altering the Relics and the use of the brand new Transfer Gel by Deco Foil.
Since our challenge for you this month is #RA50ShadesofRed, I paired her with reds and pinks and I can't wait for you to see the paint I used on the Flora!
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, AWAKES." - Carl JungRead More
Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember getting ready for church with Grandma and how she just loved this brooch of the Blessed Mary. It was rich in blues and golds and just made me feel something. It made my Grandma look regal and rich in my opinion. It was one of her most prized pieces.Read More
Living in Arkansas now, I rarely get to the coast. I grew up inland from San Francisco and my grandmother lived in the city so we would go visit her on a very regular basis. She would take us down to Fisherman’s Wharf for sourdough and clam chowder. We would have fish 'n' chips and watch the seals on the lower piers. The sounds and smells of the pacific were always just so fresh and wonderful and very much a part of my childhood.Read More
The ostensorium (ostensory, monstrance) is a glass-framed shrine in which the Blessed Sacrament is publicly exposed. It may be of gold, silver, brass, or copper gilt. The most appropriate form is that of the sun emitting its rays to all sides.
Not being Catholic or religious but very spiritual, my goal was to replicate the vessels used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican churches for the exhibition of some object of piety such as the consecrated Eucharistic host during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
When I received Sandra Evertson’s Ostensorium of Baltic Birch, I was incredibly inspired by how sturdy and substantial it was. I knew that I had to encase it in solder while adding my “Gilded Relics” embossing techniques. I sculpted and designed a free form Sacred Heart to rest on an ivory velvet pillow. Relics & Artifacts® Bohemian Jewels and small spiritual medals were embellished behind vintage convex glass.
In between the soldered base and Helios I, I created additional rays from double twisted and hand forged wire while individually soldering an assemblage of faceted Amethyst gem beads, rhinestone spacers, embossed metal, tiny crosses and spiritual medals. Each have been securely soldered in place. I continued to design and solder each embellishment to the Helios I, as well as throughout the base. Antique silver angels, embossed metal, Relics & Artifacts® Bohemian Jewels and a gorgeous Amethyst and White Topaz sterling and bronze were also soldered.
I created the soldered and embellished crown and cross while soldering the two pieces to a large antique silver embossed angel stamping. I created a stand using found objects to repurpose. This assembled piece and the ostensorium were soldered together for stability.
I created a stand using found objects to repurpose. This assembled piece and the ostensorium were soldered together for stability.
I truly enjoyed creating this beautiful work of art!! It was a very labor intensive piece taking five days (10 to 12 hour days) to complete. Yes, I was a bit obsessed (LOL)! I cannot wait to work on more Ostensorium works using multiple mediums and design inspirations!!
We welcome Guest Ambassador Kristie Taylor as our first "From the Tribe" feature of 2017! Here's a little bit about Kristie.
"Hi My name is Kristie Taylor and I am so excited to be doing a guest post for Relics & Artifacts®! I am a mixed media artist living in Virginia with my wonderful husband of 22 years, three of our four kids and a whole slew of fur babies.
I have been crafty my whole life and have dabbled in pretty much everything from macrame to bedazzling everything close by. My love for mixed media began with scrapbooking simply because I have never been one to follow anyone else's rules. I would add so many “illegal” things to my scrapbook pages that they would sometimes be too thick to go into an album. Then I began to explore and started learning about spray inks and dimensional products, which has transferred straight into mixed media and assemblage art.
I hope my projects inspire you to look outside the traditional and find something new.
These wonderful products are so versatile, they have quickly become a staple in my crafting stash and I think they will in your as well!"
Kristie has created two very distinct pieces for you to feast your eyes upon today. As a bonus, she's included two step-by-step tutorials, one of which will be featured right here on the Muse and the second will be on our Snapguide page. Let's get down to business shall we?
The Tree of Peace
I wanted to use the beautiful Ostensorium to create the Tree of Peace. Our world is in such chaos that I find myself thinking of it often, and even though it is nearly impossible, I yearn for peace. I wanted a visual reminder to keep this wish alive. something to gaze on when I am feeling the strife of everyday life.
The world was at war and hatred was overtaking the once peaceful people. There was born a special child who was able to use the powers of the fairies to make the flowers and trees grow tall and strong. He was saddened by the strife of his people and so he grew a magical tree. A tree of peace, he made it grow tall and green with branches growing in every direction. These branches were to symbolize that all people were to be equal and bound together as one. He took some needles from the tree and said that even with the changes of the seasons, the tree would stay green for all eternity, as should the great peace stay among the people for all time.
He then uprooted the tree and asked the people to bury their weapons and hatred. He replanted the beautiful tree and said, “Into the depths of the Earth, way down deep in the currents of flowing water, we cast our weapons, jealousy and hatred. We cast it from sight forever. Thus, the great peace will envelope our people in love, peace and unity of spirit for all time.”
The great Eye stayed ever vigilant and warned the people of any appraoching evil. The roots of the Tree of Peace grew in all four directions and fed the flowering fruit with love and magic, unifying the people.
Of course I wanted my tree to be green, so after digging through my stash, I decided to play with something a little different. I had these awesome paints from Pebeo. They are a resin-based paint and take a while to dry, but they give a brilliant, smooth finish with gorgeous sheen and deep colors.
1. I used the Pebeo® Mixton relief to go all the way around the outside edge of the Ostensorium. This created a dam of sorts that kept the paints from running over the edges.
2. Once the dam was created, I started adding paint. Since the space of the Ostensorium is rather small, I found it easier to use a craft stick to drizzle the paint as well as push it into the beautiful curves of the piece.
3. I kept adding a little at a time until the entire face was covered. The cool thing about this paint is how it all reacts together. there are several types. I used their Prism and Moon paints. When they touch, they create “cells” of color.
4. Next, I added some gold glitter medium.
5. I covered it and set it aside to dry for 24 hours. Waiting is always the hardest part.
6. While that was drying, I started creating my branches by stringing beads onto wire.
7. I turned the Helios II over to measure the length of the wires. After marking them, cut them to the appropriate length in order to keep the space in the middle of Helios open.
8. Use Apoxie® Sculpt to adhere the bead branches to the piece. I recruited my mom to help me adhere and sculpt the Apoxie® Sculpt to the back of the Helios. I used sculpting tools to make sure the Apoxie® Sculpt didn't go over the edges or show on the front.
9. I also used the Apoxie® Sculpt to make a strip to hold the lotus in the center opening of the Helios.
10. I used Beacon® Dazzle Tac to apply lots of glitter to the front of the Helios. I wanted it to shine!
11. Once I adhered the Helios to the Ostensorium, I adhered rhinestone jewels around the opening.
13. To finish the base, I painted the edges of the Ostensorium silver.
For Kristie's second project, she pays homage to Persephone, the "Goddess of Spring".
Goddess of Spring:
This is my homage to Persephone, Goddess of Spring. We all impatiently await her return, so that she can awaken the sleeping Earth and make the butterflies fly with the dancing fairies.
The daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone, is the beautiful Goddess of Spring. The Goddess of Spring, is greeted by dancing flower, butterflies and fairies. Hades, the God of the Underworld, comes and takes her away to be his queen. The creatures above ground suffer a rough winter in the absence of their goddess.
Hades, however, is sorry she is unhappyand offers an agreement that she will spend six months above ground and six below, resulting in seasons. She is allowed to return to her world, thawing the snow and ending the winter.
To learn how Kristie put together this piece, head over to our Snapguide page to see the full tutorial!
You can reach Kristie on her blog, The Scrapinater, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also follow her Facebook page, Kristie Taylor Designs.
At the very top my son's Christmas wish list was something that actually caught me by surprise. He wanted a cross necklace. Of course, being the dutiful mom and trying to make that wish come true, I began my tireless search for a cross necklace.Read More
Eligius, as a boy, had quite the flair for designing and creating splendid jewelry. He was apprenticed to a goldsmith who was also the master of France's Royal Mint. After his apprenticeship, Eligius took advantage of his master's royal connections. He traveled to Paris where he offered his services to King Clotaire II.Read More
As the days shorten and the long nights of winter settle in, you can always find Jack Frost all around you. Whether it’s in the Fall as he dances around changing the colors of the leaves to vibrant tones of reds, oranges and yellows or in the dead of winter, you will find this magical and sometimes mischievous persona walking through the forest leaving his mark of frost, ice, snow and sleet.
On those cold winter mornings, waking up from the warmth of your bed, you can find the fern-like patterns of frost on the windows. You know Jack has been prancing around spreading his scenic wintry fun.
So when the chill and frosty weather is nipping at your toes, you can always count on Jack being close by, causing some wintry mayhem and blustery cold weather.
I just love the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Thrones. Both sizes are so fun to work with and, like the entire line of RELICS & ARTIFACTS®, have endless possibilities.Read More
Did you know that there are Digital Relics® available for you to incorporate into your work? When I discovered them in the Shop, my mind immediately started racing with ideas on how to show the digital darkside some love.Read More
Angels and spiritual ephemera are very dear to me and usually inspire my creative journey.
I love the Relics & Artifacts® Coquille set and find that the oyster shell is a beautiful substrate to work in miniature.
My inspiration started with a inkjet printed copy of this beautiful image of the Madonna and two angels. My design style is spontaneous while using many layered mediums, materials and techniques while striving to replicate in an "old world" and "time worn" fashion.
"We are each of us angels with one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." ~Luciano de Crescenzo
Relics & Artifacts® "Coquille"
ICE Resin® Iced Enamels- German Silver
Image of Madonna and two angels
Mod Podge® (seal inkjet image)
Rubber Stamp "Hail Mary"
Sand Paper ~ medium grit
Golden® Raw Sienna Acrylic Paint
Golden® Raw Umber Acrylic Paint
German Glass Glitter
Selection of tiny Shells, Pearls, Rhinestones
Rough faceted Quartz (crushed with a hammer)
Stand (top of vintage candle stick)
Hand forged wire for "Seven Sorrows" embellishment
There's nothing better in the art industry than working with beautiful creative souls that share and believe in the same thing you do. I am so very thankful to have worked with RELICS & ARTIFACTS® this year. Getting to know Sandra and David and all the team Ambassadors has been a true joy. They are no longer just friends; they are family.Read More
Since you already know our Christmas here in Puerto Rico lasts long into the New Year, I thought I would share this tree with you. If you take a closer look at the presents underneath the tree, you'll see they are all David Yurman bags. Yes, David Yurman, the jeweler! Don't I wish they were all for me, but an even closer look would reveal this: Relics & Artifacts® ornaments!!!!
I made *50* of these beautiful chandelier pendant ornaments for this display. My eternal thanks to David for rushing them out to me!
This year has been a whirlwind for me. I can't even begin to describe all the good things and opportunities I have been given. The words "grateful" and "blessed" have been on my heart all year. Going back to the way it all started, I remember doing my New Year's Resolution this way:
It was actually good to go back and read my last post of 2015 and all the hope I had for 2016. As the new year approaches, I bid you creativity, opportunities and wings, as I feel that on angel wings we soar!
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants
We are so thrilled to announce that Lynne Moncrieff will be joining our Relics & Artifacts® family! Lynne's role is a bit unique to that of our Ambassadors. You see, Lynne has been such a go-getter and a genuine advocate of the Relics & Artifacts® brand and line of products within the United Kingdom. She is joining the team as our Marketing Liaison for the United Kingdom region! Of course, she will also be sharing a bit of her world renowned creative magic along the way.
Shall we get to know Lynne a little more?
What fills your time when you are not creating?
Since I can remember, books have held a special place in my heart, I am a bookworm through and through. Alongside books, Stampington & Company magazines are companions of mine, either fresh editions or much loved back issues. With limitations enforced on my life, it is reading and creating which fill my time.
What are your favorite materials to use when you create?
For most stamping artists, ink is a favourite. For me, it’s only a means to inking up a stamp. I am more inspired by gesso, paint, in particular PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish chalk acrylic and their Infusions, which are little bottles of pure magic. Their Grunge paste is amazing for texture. Relics & Artifacts® became a favourite from when I first saw them. Initially I was a cardmaker but now I want the freedom to dabble with different substrates. Since their release, That’s Crafty surfaces were instant favourites. I am keen to explore further but already favourites are paperclay and Ice Resin®.
Alongside all of those are tried and tested and forever loved walnut ink crystals and tea and coffee for staining. I also enjoy seeking out supplies from around the home and garden, items that might otherwise be put into the rubbish bin – cardboard torn from mailing boxes, recycled brown paper, deli wrap. I also have a compulsion for working with old book pages, fabrics, and laces
Where do you find inspiration for your art and how do you stay inspired?
Most often I am inspired by products - a stamp design, studying a piece from Relics & Artifacts® or sometimes it is the action of playing with supplies that will lead to inspiration.
There will be whispers in my ear of a story, a narrative unfolding or often it will be words that will float in my mind. Sometimes, in my mind’s eye, I see images as though a movie reel playing or as though I am a bystander taking in the scene before me.
In a notebook I jot down solitary words that pop into my head or quickly scribble a narrative as it unfolds within my head. The notebook is a precious log of thoughts, ideas and future plans.
I regularly submit to Stampington & Company, often submitting to challenge calls. They are a particularly valuable source of inspiration, challenging me to create to a theme which I might otherwise have never considered.
I also have the sense that inspiration creates inspiration. The more we create and are inspired by words and images, the more inspiration will surround us. In this community of ours, we cannot but help be inspired by those around us.
What is your signature style?
The label vintage/shabby chic has been given to me although I find those terms can be slightly restrictive. It makes me smile when people will say they recognize my projects because they are “so very Lynne”. That is very humbling!
If I had to choose a label to describe my style, it would most likely be mixed media with an emphasis on the tattered and torn, timeworn and windswept. Layers and tactile textures with fragments of this ‘n’ that, often a fragment of vintage lace or fabric or pieces of torn book text and loose threads which waft in the breeze. Delicate is a word often attached to my art projects.
If you could meet with anyone, living or deceased, who do you feel you could spend hours in a chat over a cup of tea/coffee?
Of course there are renowned people who it would be wonderful to spend time with but my first response to this question - the Art Sisters in this community. They are so friendly, supportive, encouraging and it would be fascinating to chat away about what inspires them, to listen and talk about our shared passion for creating.
What is your favorite quote?
I have far too many favourites, I could share a favourite for every day of the year. Those that make me chuckle the most relate to the Peanuts characters. I could never tire of them.
Once again, we'd like to send out a big, huge welcome to Lynne and we look forward to the magical doors she will open, both creatively and metaphorically.
na•ma•ste/'nämə,stā/ : a respectful greeting.
I honor the place in you which is love, truth, light, and peace.
I bow to the divine in you.Read More