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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!!!!!
Oh, the weather outside is DELIGHTFUL!
I love the changing of the seasons and here in the South, it just doesn't feel like Christmas time until we see that first visit from ol' Jack Frost. Truth is, some winters, the closest we get to snow is a crisp, frosty morn where we wake to find rooftops glistening and our lawns looking freshly glittered.
That's when my holiday spirit kicks in and my inner kid peeks out! Yep! You could say that Jack Frost has a hold on my holiday heart. This is my tribute to the "Architect of the Flake".
From my rooftop to yours, Merry Christmas Y'all!
"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. The crisp winter air if full of it."
-- John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine"
There are a lot of creative types in this world. Many people can assemble a kit. Most can complete a class project. Some even have the ability to alter those ideas and give them a personal twist.
And then there are those who just create from a random thought or an idea. They are connected with their muse. But what is it that makes one an artist? I honestly think it's simple. It's not skill and talent (though that helps). It's not selling your work or showing in galleries.
It's heart. Creating with heart. All you need is the heart of an artist.
Between your heart and head.
Both are tied-
By a creative thread.
~Sherry Westfall Matthews
MUSE® Art Stamps "Heart of an Artist"
Unfinished wood plaque
StazOn Ink pad, black
As the sun shines and reflects off the terra cotta rooftops,
standing against the sun worn wall,
A pure beauty, a true Spanish sun with olive tone skin,
With a mysterious beauty about her,
as she stands against the Moroccan patterned earthy tones,
She emanates an enigma about her,
in the eyes of all who gazes upon her.
Note: "Spanish Sun" originally appeared in Mixed Up magazine earlier this year as part of the Creative Play feature with a full stepped out tutorial. Be sure to visit Pocketmags to learn more or sign up for a subscription.
Relics & Artifacts® Facia Familiaris
Relics & Artifacts® Milagros
Relics & Artifacts® Helios I
Relics & Artifacts® Helios II
DecoArt Media: Primary Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue, Yellow Oxide, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Red Hue, Dairylide Yellow, Pyrrole Orange, Medium Grey Value 6, Paynes Grey, Tinting Base, Gesso White, Decoupage
The Crafters Workshop® Viva la Art stencil
As Summer begins to bleed into Fall, I look at my darling garden fairy, Jasmine, as she sits so serenely on my shelf. I realize how fast the year has gone by and, like previous years, I did not spend nearly the amount of time outside or at the beach as I promised I would do at the start of the season. William Blake's "To Summer" seems to be an appropriate tribute to my most favorite season.
O thou who passest thro' our valleys in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched'st here thy goldent tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
Beneath our thickest shades we oft have heard
Thy voice, when noon upon his fervid car
Rode o'er the deep of heaven; beside our springs
Sit down, and in our mossy valleys, on
Some bank beside a river clear, throw thy
Silk draperies off, and rush into the stream:
Our valleys love the Summer in his pride.
Our bards are fam'd who strike the silver wire:
Our youth are bolder than the southern swains:
Our maidens fairer in the sprightly dance:
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.
I look forward to next summer where I hope to sing more, play often, and embrace Summer's sultry song.
Note: "Jasmine the Garden Fairy" was created for Mixed Up Magazine's June/July 2017 issue as part of the Creative Play feature. Visit Mixed Up Magazine on Pocketmags for the full issue which includes a step-out tutorial on how to create your own!
Relics & Artifacts® Facia Familiaris
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Santos Doll
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Antler Cut-Outs
DecoArt acrylic paint
Debbie Kerkhof of Xquizart "Hippie Chick" digital papers
We regularly invite members from our Facebook Tribe to be featured as guest Ambassadors here on the Muse. This month, we are honored, humbled, and thrilled to feature Jools Roberston as our Relics & Artifacts® Guest Ambassador.
I was always encouraged to be creative from a very young age, my parents said I was great as a child as I would sit quietly for hours drawing, painting and cutting up! Nowadays, I work full time as a textile designer working on commercial interior projects and developing product collections. I’m constantly being creative working with textures, design and colour, which I love.
In my spare time, I enjoy all types of arts and crafts and working with multimedia, particularly altered art using paint, die cutting, stamps, lots of colour, texture and experimenting with new techniques. I am also a design team member for DecoArt and Stampotique.
To connect with Jools, find her on her blog, Creative Journey!
I’m very honored to be Guest Ambassador for Muse using the fabulous Relics & Artifacts® products. I love to use architectural detailing in my work and always use moldings to create interest and dimension. I also like to use various media to create texture, working with colours and metallics to create depth and detail.
I chose to use the wonderful Ostensorium's design as it is such a fabulous shape based on a Medieval museum piece. It is also referred to as a Monstrance which comes from the Latin word, "monstrare", meaning "to show".
The Romans used this type of vessel to hold and exhibit an honored object so it was a perfect place to use the beautiful Regalis center piece. Just look at those cherubs! I started to do some research into them. Wow! I was blown away. I was inspired by one that had a red center and liked the silver colouration and beautiful jeweled finishes. Now you need to know that I have a thing about wings! So, although unconventional, it makes it unique and personal to my style.
Here's how I put my treasured vessel together.
Step 1: Once I had assembled the Ostensorium I applied a coat of white Gesso and allowed to dry.
Step 2: Apply crackle paste to the surfaces with a palette knife, thicker in areas to create larger crackles. I allowed the whole thing to dry for a few hours. Once it was dry, I adhered the Regalis pieces in place with a strong glue.
Step 3: The wings! I cut the wings in 300gsm cardstock using the Cricut ‘Lovestruck’ cartridge twice. Glue both layers with PVA glue and apply texture sand with a stencil brush to create more texture. Leave to dry for a few hours.
Step 4: It's time get centered! Paint the inside with Quinacridone Red and darken around the edge with Quinacridone Magenta and Carbon Black.
Step 5: Apply a coat of Silver Metallic fluid acrylic once the crackle medium has fully dried. Apply a wash of Carbon Black working around the edge of the embellishment details. Wipe excess to create a tarnished look and highlight the crackle.
Step 6: To highlight, use a dry brush with the Silver Metallic and then embellish with crystals.
Cindy has just arrived at the biggest concert of the ages after undergoing an introspective transformation. Today, Ambassador Monica Downing tells us what awaits inside!
Cindy roared into the parking lot on her bike and parked right up front. She made her way to the doors of the concert hall.
Once inside, she began weaving through the crowd. As she made her way toward the stage, she removed her leather jacket and revealed a beautiful pair of butterfly wings. Her wings open up in all of their bad ass glory and hundreds of smaller butterflies fluttered up to the enormous chandelier that hung over the crowd.
The light seemed to soften as it shed a beautiful and ethereal glow directly onto Cindy. The prince noticed this magical woman immediately, and for him, it was love at first sight.
However, not so much for Cindy as she had her sights set on the lead singer of the band. The prince was suddenly in front of her, determined to get her attention. Before she knew it she and the prince were swept into the craziest mosh pit and rocking out hard to the band.
All the while, the butterflies clung to the chandelier and like magical little strobe lights, their wings began to flicker, flash, glimmer and shine with the most epic light show any concert had ever seen before.
Relics & Artifacts® Flora
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants I
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants II
Colorique by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Black Diamond, Snow Summit, Poppy. Pink Ice, Ruby Slipper, Honey Bee, Turquoise Mountain, Pacific Ocean, Wisteria, Avocado
Chipboard butterfly wings
Misc. Butterfly Stamps
Black and white ink
Leaves and flowers
Clear crystal beading
TONS OF FREAKING HOT GLUE
So who's excited about our new Literary Hauntings Challenge? I definitely am! I've made "no bones" about the fact that I am frequently inspired by works of poetry and literature. You might even say I've "pondered over many a quaint & curious volume of forgotten lore."
Add to that my love of Halloween and it's no surprise that I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. His words evoke imagery that rap, tap, tap on the door of my imagination! This piece is an homage to Poe's The Raven.
Hope you will all join in on the spooky fun of our #RALiteraryHauntings Challenge!
As many of you know, I am a nurse but also an avid gardener. I enjoy them both immensely. During the summer months, I try to bring some cheer to work and I wear a real flower in my hair. Every morning after the long night shift, I pull my hair down and throw the flower on the dashboard while I unwind on my drive home from the crazy night I’ve just had.
This particular flower dried on my dashboard and it was just beautiful. Instead of throwing it out the window as I drive down the driveway the next night, I actually left it there to enjoy the beauty it had transformed into. Finally I decided that I just needed to capture it in time forever.
Since nursing and gardening are so similar, I wrote a small comparison and inspiration piece.
Nursing is like Gardening
Nursing is like gardening;
Everyday is a new day. Each day will bring new
Beginnings, new experiences. A new chance at life
To Bloom, blossom and grow.
Nursing is like gardening;
You will always have your pests.
Your frequent visitors, your difficult
Ones that are needy, that you don’t
Understand and never will. The
Ones that will present a problem
Around every corner and the ones that will never leave.
Nursing is like gardening
You will always lose some. No
Matter how hard you try and how
Much time and effort and heart you put
Into it. Some were just not meant to live.
For what ever reason, it was meant to be.
Nursing is like gardening;
Rewarding, hardworking, a learning experience,
Frustrating, fulfilling, distressing
Beautiful. From one end of the spectrum to the other.
Nursing is like gardening;
Worth every minute -the good, the bad and the ugly (and the stinky)
Enjoy every aspect and learn everyday. It’s
A good day when you can learn something new.
In every bad situation make it a learning experience,
And find something good with in it.
Nursing is like gardening.
Relics & Artifacts® Egg Shrine
Spellbinders Designer Series Seth Apter Gridiron
Amazing Casting Resin
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics:
Cobalt Teal Hue
Americana Decor Crackle Medium
When I think of Frida Kahlo, I always imagine her sitting in a garden full of colorful flowers, living her life in color. She danced to the beat of her own drum and many didn’t understand her and her artwork.
Though disabled as a child with polio and then at the age of eighteen seriously injured in a traffic accident, I believe art got her through her painful medical problems she suffered through her whole life. Art heals.
Many of her paintings were self portraits, using bright vivid colors inspired by the Mexican popular culture. These same bright colors were also reflected in her clothing and in the flowers she painted.
“I paint flowers so they will not die.” --Frida Kahlo
So, let’s live life like Frida, in full color, dancing to our own song, dressed in a frock with all the colors of the rainbow!
This month in our monthly "From the Tribe" feature, we are showcasing the beautiful work of Cristine Martin. She has been so gracious to create not one but two beautifully crafted pieces that we are thrilled to share. Let's get to know Cristine a bit.
Hi! My name is Cristine and I am so excited to be here sharing my artwork with you. I am an ultrasound tech by day and a creative creature by night. I live in South Miami, Florida with my 3 rescued cats, which always try to put their finishing touch to my projects, so I have to be extra careful inspecting my pieces so they don’t turn out to be a furry display of sorts.
I started my adventure in the art realm in the mid 1990’s working with polymer clay and moved into mixed media later on. I have always loved going on dangerously exciting expeditions looking for long lost treasures in flea markets, thrift shops, and antique stores around town or while visiting other cities or countries. In this time of exploration, I had become obsessed with wings, angel wings more specifically, although angels, saints and flaming hearts always caught my attention as well as Victorian, goth and steampunk, old, rusty, dark and intriguing. Oh what a delightful mix!! So one day as I was surfing through YouTube, I stumbled across Sandra Evertson's video “Destiny’s Shrine” on Live with Prima and noticed all the beautiful details and mostly, yes, the angel wings. I had to have them!!! Not only did I enjoy that video I also fell in love with Sandra’s Relics & Artifacts line and the rest is history!
Today's project is called "Heritage, The Irish Rose". To put things into perspective, I was born in Brazil, my father was American with Irish descent and my mother Brazilian with German descent. We should name a cocktail after this mix called the "Perfect Storm". As I look at my Relics & Artifacts pieces, thousands of ideas flutter in my head like elusive butterflies.
I close my eyes to calm my mind and catch an idea. My Dad comes into mind with a huge smile on his face and that's the moment I catch that butterfly and call it the Irish Rose. My grandparents were of Irish descent and I have the freckles to prove it! I have been to Ireland twice and fell in love with it and the people. Ireland is truly magical and whimsical.
The land has so many incredible shades of green, some I have not seen before. The gears in my head are turning, I take out the flaming hearts and go searching for shades of green, gathering waxes, sprays, acrylic paint, Bohemian jewels and findings. And so the Irish Rose comes to life!
Cristine has also prepared a Snapguide tutorial so that you may be able to create your own heritage inspired piece.
Project 2 - Summer Heritage- The Dream Catcher
I had a dream, a very colorful dream. Since I am in heritage mode and we are in full swing of summer, nothing like creating something colorful and connected with nature. I decided to honor the native American Indian heritage with a slight twist. The dream catcher is a handmade willow hoop on which is woven a web or net. This dream catcher can include sacred feathers and beads or objects of protection.
“The dream catcher is hung above a sleeping area in a place where the morning light can hit it. The nature of the dream catcher will attract all sorts of dreams to its webs. When bad dreams come, they do not know the way through the web and get caught in the webbing where the first light of day causes them to melt away and perish. The good dreams, knowing the way, go through the center of the web and slide down the feathers to the sleeper below.” --Anishnabe as remembered by WayaGola.
I used Sandra Evertson's Helios I as the hoop and I love it’s sun rays, so it was perfect for this project. I had colorful threading which came from a huge bag I found in a store with bits and pieces and rolls of yarn and colorful ornate strings.
The large butterfly is from the Papillion collection of Relics & Artifacts. The butterfly is a powerful representation of transformation, hope, renewal and rebirth. An important message carried by the spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes with grace and lightness.
The legs are from the Relics and Artifacts Milagros set. I decorated them with colorful threads and feathers representing the joyful dance of life. The eye in the center of the web is from the Archival Cast Flaming hearts EX I Votos collection. Some folks call it the evil eye, I prefer to call it the angel eye, keeping a watch and protecting you.
Isn't Cristine's use of the Helios frame simply brilliant and inspiring? To find out how she wove such a colorful masterpiece, follow her Snapguide tutorial and create your own magical dream catcher.
We are constantly amazed by the talent our Relics & Artifacts® Tribe exhibits and from time to time, we like to feature exceptional talent and innovation here on the Muse. Today's featured artist is Carrie Eckert. She is widely known in our Tribe for her astounding Frida collages. Let us take a moment to get to know a bit more about Carrie.
I have been a compulsive creator of art since I was a little girl. I started by making sand candles and purses as a young child and sold them to a few stores in my town. Later in my early teens years, I studied ballet. During all the time spent in between rehearsals, all the girls would knit. I also learned to quilt at that time. Our ballet instructor, who came from Russia, taught us how to make ballet costumes and headpieces. I also choreographed ballets and taught ballet. After I stopped dancing, I needed to fill that creative void. I taught myself how to paint faux finishes. I also created bead work for clothes.
While my children were babies and I stayed home, I began to make jewelry and sold them to stores and to special customers. While visiting Barcelona, Spain one year, I was in awe with the works of Antoni Gaudi. I loved the vibrance of all the colors in mosaics. That was my new passion in the '90's! I began reading everything on how to make mosaic structures with cement.
Fast forward to 2014, when we moved to La Quinta, California. I finally have an art studio where I can create 24/7! I branched out from just using mosaics to adding mixed media. And one thing leads to another. Now I am an obsessive junk yard dog. I'm making weekly trips to the local thrift stores in the hunt for vintage and upcycled castaways! (I sneak it home so my husband doesn't see my new treasures.)
Now I use metal, canvas, wood, plastic, paint and just about anything I find to create mixed media and assemblage art. I continue to branch out and try new things. I am a self taught artist, doing what I love to do, creating unique art stories with a theme. I do not limit my work to one style because I would become too bored. I like to mix up my art to keep myself interested.
Carrie continues to wow the senses on her Facebook page, Mosaics By Carrie, as well as on Twitter (@mosaicsbycarrie). She welcomes commission requests and can be reached via her website, Mosaics By Carrie.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful art, vision, and creative brilliance with us, Carrie! We look forward to seeing your future works.
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
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
I can't even imagine a world without books. Books educate and enlighten. They entertain and ease our stress.
Books are a ticket to escape to a haven all our own or a way to connect to faraway lands . Books introduce us to innumerable people, both living and dead.
They transport us through time and allow us to journey through space. Each journey begins with the turn of a single page. When you curl up with a good book, where does it take you?
"For a fantastic voyage without leaving your nook, crack open the cover and travel by book." ~Sherry Westfall Matthews
Relics & Artifacts® Andromeda Mini Throne
Muse® Art Stamps Basque
Muse® Art Stamps Celestial
Muse® Art Stamps Devotion
DecoArt Craft paints
Ranger Perfect Medium stamp pad
vintage shadow box
vintage millinery flowers
Today, we have our first Ambassador project for our match up with Canvas Corps Brands!
Monica ushers in this collaboration in true Relics & Artifacts® style with this jaw dropper! Let's hear the inspiration and story straight from her!
This piece was created for our Collaboration with Canvas Corp Brands. When I received my package I knew what I wanted to do. Creating this piece, I was imagining reading the story inside the pages of this old vintage book.
The story of a sailor turned pirate. A pirate who fell in love with a beautiful mermaid. The mermaid followed his travels all across the ocean’s of the world. One adventure after another they fell deeper in love.
As he aged over the years, she remained young and beautiful and magical, as did their love. The pirate and the mermaid spent the last of the pirate's days together, away from the rest of the world.
The pirate saved the mermaid’s tears in an old glass vial to be buried with him as a way to keep her forever love.
Monica has also put together a Snapguide tutorial so that you may recreate your own inspired story of love.
Don't forget that there's a giveaway at the end of this month!
Here is all you need to do. Be sure to use #RACCBmatchup so that we can track you down!
-Leave a comment here on any or all of the Match Up Posts during the month of July with Relics & Artifacts® and CCB. You can leave one on each post for more chances to win.
-And/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page.
-And/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the RA team.
Feel the urge to join the addiction that is Relics & Artifacts®? Take a look in the Sandra Evertson shop and stock up. You can also join our Relics & Artifacts® Tribe on Facebook and be inspired by fellow creatives in the best creative group on the web!
Be sure to follow along by searching #RACCBmatchup too. If you love what you see and would like to join our Facebook group, the CCB Collective, just click the link and ask to join today. We would love to have you!
Relics & Artifacts® Ancient Soul
Relics & Artifacts® Spirit Treasures
Canvas Corp 5x7 Stretched Natural Canvas
Canvas Corp Burlap Sheet
7Gypsies Architextres 12x12 Paper -Floral Guide
7Gypsies Architextures 12x12 Paper – Old Window
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Paint – Seven Seas
Tattered Angels Plain Jane Simply Sheer Gold Rim
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Autumn Nights
Ice Resin Iced Enamels- Gold Glitz
Ice Resin Iced Enamels – Raspberry
Ice Resin Iced Enamels – Ivory
Ten Seconds Studio Verday Paint
Heavy Modeling Paste
Vintage Crochet Doily
Vintage Book Paper
"The Gypsies in the noisy throng
Stray Bessarabia around.
Today over the river, long,
They’re lodging in their tents, worn out.
Like freedom their night-resting is –
And peaceful sleep the heavens under.
Between the wagons’ tired wheels,
Covered with rugs, long-used in wonders,
A fire’s flamed. A family’s Preparing, round it, a dinner;
A horse is gazing in the fields, Is sleeping, free, a teamed bear-thriller.
Amidst the steppes all well lives: The peaceful tasks of families,
Ready by morning for a travel,
And songs of wives, and children’ weeps,
And ringing of a mobile anvil.
But now, over the Gipsy camp,
The dozing silence is prevailing,
And heard is, in the sleeping steppe,
Just a dog’s barking and steed’s neighing.
Extinguished is each single light,
All’s peaceful now. The moon is shining,
Alone in the heaven height, And at the quiet camp is lighting."
--Aleksandr Puskin "The Gypsies" (1824)
Relics & Artifacts® "Andromeda Mini Throne"
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim "Daisy Chain Small Gold"
DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Poem retrieved from https://www.poetryloverspage.com/yevgeny/pushkin/gypsies.html
Anyone who creates with RELICS & ARTIFACTS, surely are smitten with the fact that no matter the vignettes that swirl in our mind’s eye, there will be a RELICS & ARTIFACTS piece to transport a vague notion, into a completed project. The scene in my head, of a butterfly child, was able to be manifested by pairing one of the smaller Papillon pieces with a Milagros.
Make your way through the forest, where your footsteps are silenced from the cushions of moss which abound. Can you spy the butterfly child? They say the butterfly child is a chameleon, blending in to the backdrop of the moss as he rests against a tree trunk. Sweet, berry coloured flowers burst in bloom. Kneel down and place your cheek against them, the petals will give your cheeks velveteen kisses.
An Archival Wooden Case allowed me to create a setting for the butterfly child. With Infusions (crystals colours with walnut ink base) and Moss Painted Finishes Kit, the case suddenly took the form of colours of a forest.
The Infusions were extended to several elements on this project, including the Papillon and Milagros. By first applying a mere hint of Grungepaste, it heightened the sense of texture. A final brushing of the Moss kit, merely brushing on and brushing off, left a hint of mossy-ness on the Relic. The mottled effect suited the vignette.
The Milagros fit perfectly to the Papillon, with the placement of the wings giving the impression that they have sprouted from the Milagros, as well as the antenna.
When working with a theme relating to nature, I will often layer textural elements, most often found papers and torn textiles. They capture that sense of bits of this ‘n’ that which might be caught up on a passing breeze and gathered around a tree trunk or caught in branches. The butterfly child was layered onto calico, corrugated cardboard and lace, all of which had been stained by mopping-up the Infusions. Torn pieces of silk sari ribbon, also stained, would flutter in the breeze.
A cluster of velveteen flowers were the perfect detail to add to the frame of the case, bringing interest and colour and most importantly, helping to set the scene for the butterfly child. The final element was one of my stamped Affirmations, stamped onto some pieces of previously stained book pages.
Why not seek out a butterfly today and make a wish!
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Papillon
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Milagros
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Velveteen Flowers Tangerine Berry Blossom
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Archival Wooden Case II
That’s Crafty Clear Stamp Set Lynne’s Affirmations Set 1
Plaid FolkArt Painted Finishes Kit - Moss
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
sari silk ribbon
We all have it within us, a need to look to the skies above, a need to improve ourselves, be better, set goals and reach them. We just need to follow our heart and reach for the stars!
As always, the Relics & Artifacts® pieces have a way of whispering which direction they want to take me. I debated on this one as I had two possible choices that would lead me through different paths. By incorporating Seth Apter's new die, I had the perfect platform to work the Relics. I envisioned the hands, holding a fragile gold thread, representing the good in our lives. This one was dictated by Cat Kerr's stamp, "follow your heart".
When I was little, my dad used to call me Sol. He would say, "Oh the sun is out!" I don't know if it was because my hair was really blond or because I was a very early riser, but I have very fond memories and those prompted this next piece
I decided to add Cat's stamp,s"he flies with her own wings", both in Latin and in English. I also gave her wings.
(One last close up.)
As on my night version, I added stars here as well. You'll be able to follow along on Snapguide for the first piece!
Relics & Artifacts® Archival Case Wood Tray I
Relics & Artifacts® Milagros
Seth Apter "Ray of Light" die set
Cat Kerr "Follow Your Heart" stamp
Cat Kerr "She Flies With Her Own Wings" stamp
The Crafter's Workshop paints
The Crafter's Workshop white gesso
What an amazing week it has been here at Relics & Artifacts®. This week, we had the opportunity to collaborate with another company and show the world just how versatile not only Relics & Artifacts® craft blanks are but how equally versatile the products offered by That's Crafty! out of the United Kingdom are. We were able to work with MDF and acrylic pieces, stencils, stamps and really flex our creative muscles.
We find inspiration and creativity in places we least expect it and in arenas we swore we'd never enter.
All week long, we showcased individual works from each of the Relics & Artifacts® Ambassadors in a parade of creativity, vision, and one of a kind design, like simple everyday items which become intrinsic to our identities and personalities.
We can rediscover our own spirituality or possibly be inspired by another culture's beliefs systems. With art and inspiration, there are no wall, no boundaries.
Thoughtful affirmations struck chords within our hearts and caused us to take a step back and truly believe in the power within ourselves to just reach for the stars.
Poetry married with mixed media breathed new life into the basic substrates laid before us. A vision and a story begin to form and our hearts are unveiled.
Finally, art and the blending of items within our creative arsenal can take us on a journey through time. We can go back to times long forgotten and rediscover the timeless treasure of inspiration.
You see, what this collaboration and celebration of creativity with That's Crafty! has done, is spark a new flame and opened a new realm of possibilities within our own creative selves. We were challenged and thus inspired to look at substrates we would not necessarily have thought to pair with Relics & Artifacts® and breathe new life into not only our creative souls, but our imaginations. From this collaboration came pieces we had not dared to try or ideas that were merely ideas collecting dust in our proverbial rolodex of thoughts.
We hope this week has been as inspiring to all of you as it has been for us. The ladies over at That's Crafty! were a pure joy to partner with and we were honored to work with each of them. Please be sure to visit That's Crafty! today and see what Lynne Moncrieff has in store on this final day of our creativity celebration.
Don't forget to visit each day's post and leave a comment to be entered in our giveaway. A winner will be drawn Monday and will receive **3** sets of Relics & Artifacts® Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choosing.