I saw my first monstrance (ostensorium) in the early 80’s in an antique shop that featured church artifacts. I purchased it and thus began my intrigue with religious objects.Read more
The word Retablo comes from the Latin retro -tabula, meaning behind the altar. They come in two forms Santos and Ex Votos. They were placed around the altar as objects of veneration, over time, coming into homes.Read more
I remember when Sandra first sent me a picture of the Artists’ Model piece. It literally took my breath away. Immediately my brain went into overload at the endless possibilities with this piece.Read 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
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, I skipped Halloween for the first time in 23 years. No Thanksgiving either, although, I sat down with the kids and told them the million reasons why we needed to be thankful. I refused to skip Christmas! I found solar Christmas lights online and put them up. There's no shortage of sun here! Last week, we got power at our work places so we're immensely grateful. Can you imagine celebrating 75 days without electricity? Well, home is that way and so it is the reality for more than 60% of Puerto Rico.
After the free vaccination clinics we did, we're now spaying and neutering the same amount of dogs, 753 to be exact. It's the reason I'm still helping my husband at the clinic and you barely see me anywhere. Not that I don't miss you, which you know I do like crazy, but there's no time and almost no connectivity to the internet to go on social media as I used to.
I have collected nutcrackers since my son was a baby and about five years ago, I started creating my own using blank wooden nutcrackers to alter with paper. Last year, I experimented with Relics & Artifacts gorgeous Dresden trim collection to create one. This year, I thought I'd have to forgo the tradition when I spotted a single box at my local K-Mart. It was a girl, a Plum Fairy one at that and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed wrapping her hair in gold! Her face is highlighted by one half of the wings!! Dresden certainly gives me a lot of creative license in how I use them and with their sparkle it's the perfect touch for the holidays!
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim
During ancient times of heroic knights and young fair maidens, kings and noblemen would have their young daughters fancied up in their most beautiful courting dresses and glamorous facial paint.
They would capture the eternal youth, first in portrait, by the most talented artists in the region, then they would encase it in a magnificent shrine made with the prettiest jewels and dressed in trims of gold and silver. The shrines were painted with the brightest pigments and tones for the most dramatic and eye-catching effects.
Conceptually, the more beautiful and alluring the shrine, the more appealing to the eyes of would-be suitor knights, all in the hopes of marrying the young maiden to a rich and wealthy family and unifying powerful families.
After accords were struck between the fathers of the noble maidens and the suitors, the fair ladies dressed in the most magnificent formal attire. In this final show of beauty and opulence, maidens were officially affianced to their future husbands in hopes of finding their happily ever after.
Muse® Art Stamps St. Cecilia
Muse® Art Stamps Oculus
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim Wrought Iron Gold
Relics & Artifacts® Bohemian Jewels Ruby
Iced Enamels Shattered Mica
DecoArt Media Primary Magenta
DecoArt Media Primary Yellow
DecoArt Media Phthalo Green-Blue
DecoArt Media Cobalt Teal Hue
DecoArt Media Cerulean Blue
DecoArt Media Cobalt Black
Liquid Pearls Buttercup
Coffee Break Designs Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Kit Style 5
Seth Apter Stamps Spot Lights
Seth Apter Stamps Border Lines
We are moving right along with our mash-up with That's Crafty! and today is no disappointment either! Today, we have Lynne Moncrieff and a piece inspired by the stars. It's loaded with so much texture, you'll wish you could touch it through your screen! Remember to revisit each post this week, leave a comment, and cross your fingers that you are picked to be our winner of *3* Relics & Artifacts® Matte Resin Craft Blanks of your choosing!
One of many wondrous aspects of creating is when a gathering of supplies magically unveil a narrative, a vignette, bringing meaning to a project. When the result has personal significance, even though it might not be evident to another’s eyes, that is when creating becomes a multi-layered experience. This project is such a piece, with the personal significance of my relationship with Relics & Artifacts and That’s Crafty, both companies coming together in this week of collaborations. I am in such a privileged position to be on the teams for both companies, companies whose products I adore, add to that, the honour of being in teams who are passionate about their creative lives.
Relics & Artifacts constantly inspire and with a wide range of That’s Crafty surfaces available, it is a wonderful marriage when combining products from both companies. Often, it is the Relics & Artifacts, whispering their stories into my ear that is the springboard for a project however, this time, the journey began with a stamp, one of my That’s Crafty Lynne’s Affirmations, “Always believe the stars are within your grasp”.
It is easy, in this world, to become jaded; positive words can seem cliche. But my belief, Affirmations can surely do no harm so long as the intention is always from an honest place and used appropriately. The realisation that a Relics & Artifacts Milagros hand paired with the Affirmation stamp, could come together in the form of a shrine, thanks to a That’s Crafty Art Shrine.
In life, we truly are on a journey and as with any journey, no matter the distance, it is not always the smoothest of rides, yet we keep our focus on the destination. This I tried to convey with the elements I brought together such as the Infusions stained corrugated cardboard scrap, set in the niche of the shrine, a symbol of ruts in the road. Dipping into a Rust Painted Finished kit, I set about altering the silver star Dresden Trim into rusty stars. The contrast of the Diamond Bohemian Jewels on the rusted stars gracing the arch of the shrine, represent the shining light of hope we should try to keep within us. Barely seen on the face of the shrine and look closely, stamped onto wispy pieces of mop-up paper (Infusions stained kitchen paper towel) are stars.
Lives are busy but it would be wonderful if you found time to visit each Relics & Artifacts and That’s Crafty collaboration project. Each team artist has created inspirational art with their individual styles shining through. Today, Nikki Acton has an awe inspiring piece in monochromatic splendor for you.
Relics & Artifacts® Milagros
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim Star Chain Silver
Relics & Artifacts® Bohemian Jewels - Diamond
That’s Crafty Surfaces Matchbox Arch Art Shrine
That’s Crafty Clear Stamp Set – Lynne’s Affirmations Set 1
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Seth Apter Set 1 (Buff, Midnight)
PaperArtsy Infusions: Sleight Blue, In The Navy
Plaid Folkart Painted Finished Kit - Rust
Golden Gesso, Matte Gel Medium
Staz-on Jet Black Ink
Extras: star shell button, black cotton sewing thread, re-cycled cardboard ribbon spool, motif cut from vintage doily, rusty tin wire, re-cycled corrugated box packaging, calico, various Infusions stained laces and mop up papers
A friend at work recently was admiring my badge holder I had made with a Relics & Artifacts® piece. She said she wouldn’t mind one of those and asked if I could make her one. I am always up for sharing my art, so I went for it.
I made a variety of holders, not knowing which one she would like. I used Relics from different sets, wanting a variety for her to choose from and then I just sat and played around one day.
Out of all of them I made, I can’t pick a favorite. They are all unique and with the extra badge holders I made, I am able to switch things up a bit when the mood strikes me.
Not to mention, there has been an piqued interest when co-workers see them. They ask, “Where did you get that?” As a result, I have had some personal requests. I think after wearing the same navy blue scrubs for as long as some of us have, adding a little variety in the work attire is welcoming. How fun it is to get to wear the Relics & Artifacts® to work!
Relics & Artifacts® "Figureheads"
Relics & Artifacts® "Medallions"
Relics & Artifacts® "Flora"
Relics & Artifacts® "Regalis"
Relics & Artifacts® "Crosse Icons"
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim "Coat of Arms"
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics
Paynes Grey Quinocadone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide Hue, Titanium White, Quinacridone Red, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Carbon Black, Aquamarine, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Violet, Titan Buff, Antiquing Cream Carbon Black, Interference Blue
Texture Sand Paste
Having young children at home and the fact that they STILL think Momma is fun and "the best Momma in the world," my art is highly influenced by them. It tends to reflect on what we are actually doing around the house or in the gardens or what we seem to be watching at that given time. Also seeing that my daughter, Olivia, and I share an art room together she gives me her honest, heart warming opinion on EVERYTHING.
I mean, when she doesn't like something, she will usually give you a better way of doing it in her eyes. So when it came to the "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" piece, we were talking about how we wanted it to look and we had the movie up on the screen. Olivia was pointing out details in the walls and torches and things evolved from there until it was time to make the torches.
So with Apoxie Sculpt® in hand, (she gets to mix it up for me and then play with the left overs because I can never measure the perfect amount) I struggled, and then struggled some more, and then mom duties where calling and I had to make supper. She asked if she could help. I thought, "Why not? Let's see what the girl's got."
I was happy to see I wasn't the only one that struggled. She would manipulate and twist and turn and with much delight, the torches were done, and not by me! As proud as Olivia was of her handiwork, I said, "Well we better put them where they belong."
So to give credit where credit is due, Olivia, the little scutlper that she is, did in fact, make the beautiful torches. With some expert "Olivia guidance" of color choices, this "Best Momma in the World" finished the paint details that made the whole project seamlessly come together.
A collaboration of the minds, our rendition of "Mirror Mirror on the Wall" was completed and Olivia is one proud artist.
*Inspiration from Walt Disney's 1959 "Snow White", the main villain, "Evil Queen"
Relics & Artifacts® Facia Familiaris
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Star Chain Gold
Relics & Artifacts® Ostensorium
DecoArt Media Gesso
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Quinacridone Gold, Dioxazine Purple, Primary Cyan, Metallic Silver, Burnt Umber, Paynes Grey, Primary Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue, Carbon Black Metallic Gold
Amazing Casting Resin
Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder
Antique Iron Frame with mirror (from Italy)
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
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
That song positevely makes me happy, it's one of my faves every coming Christmas. I love making ornaments, decorating my home, and baking. I think my theme this year is trending towards gold Dresden, a definite fetish there as in my eyes Dresdens dress elegantly anything it touches! I also like the fact that just by looking at them I can find unusual shapes or uses for them!Read more
I'm listening to Tchaikovsky as I write. The Nutcraker Suite at full blast and my Christmas in full mode. Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I started collecting nutcrackers some 20 years ago when my son was born.Read more
All I could think when I saw this vintage post office box door at a local antique store was, “WOW! I HAVE TO HAVE IT!” and have it I did. As a matter of fact I bought two of the three they had in stock. I knew right away that I wanted to use this for a journal or mini album cover and I’m so excited to share this project with you.Read more
A long time ago three sisters were born in the castle. You could tell them apart from the crowd because they shined. Dressed in the purest gold and silver threads, intricately embroidered by their skilled hands. They all had a golden sun emblazoned in their skirts, a symbol of their kingdom..........Read more
You know what I am a super fan of? High impact with simplistic construction. I am always drawn to things that appear to be overly complicated to assemble but in reality, there really isn't much to them, especially if I'm feeling a need to jumpstart my creative magic.Read more
Inspiration, it just hits you. It has a way of sneaking up on me in the middle of the night, during a conference, on a trip, whenever I'm quietly driving, I just never know, do you?Read more
Today we are showcasing the work of our RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Ambassador, Kimberley Cochrane. This piece was displayed at the Prima Marketing Inc. booth during the CHA Mega-Show in Anaheim, California and the clever use of the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Dresdens blew me away!Read more