Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Mirror Crack'd, Art Shrines.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Here we are again for another challenge at The Mirror Crack'd and this month it's Tic Tac Toe with a particular interest in Art Shrines.

Instead of a physical prize this month we would like to offer our Winner a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge.

 I have chosen to make a shrine for this challenge.
A shrine is usually a case or chest, sometimes dedicated to the dead and can hold relics, mementos, treasures and items that are important to people. Some countries have portable shrines and that's how the Art Shrine came about. They are rather like a small shadow box.

So here is the one that I've been making and hope you like it:

This is what it looks like constructed.

I love these little shrines and I get them from That Craft Place.
And this is how I constructed it.
Glued it all together first.

Then painted over it with Gesso to seal the wood.

 And then I began adding the texture.
I used a Tim Holtz stencil for this and Viva Modelling Cream.
I like this cream, if you heat it after application it starts to swell up and bubble producing lovely texture as you can see below.

Here you can see the back before I heated it and it would stay smooth like that if you allowed it to dry naturally.

 But of course we can't have that so here it is after being heated.

 Next I painted over the texture.

And with the addition of a little more texture in the form of tissue paper which I added on the side sections it was ready to be painted.

After this stage we are ready to add the embellishments .
These were made using Mod Podge melts and moulds.

The wings here are also from That Craft Place.
The stamp is one I have had for a long time and is by Invoke Stamps.

With the addition of more moulded embellishments, a small metal tag and some painted cotton reels used as stands... we're finished!

And the back.

 Hope you enjoy looking at the way I have interpreted this theme and maybe you will get chance to pop over and join in the challenge.
The rest of the Design Team have more designs to inspire you.

So let's see your ideas.

Have a great week and happy crafting,

Angela xXx

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit: September's Challenge.
Altered Eclectics: September Challenge.


  1. Oh Angela, I love that paste heated the bubble effect is fab, great colours and a super design.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie xx

  2. I love the metallic colours and that bubbly texture is gorgeous...might have to invest in some of that modelling cream...your embellishments are the perfect finishing touch too....Esther xx

  3. Gorgeous project, Angela! I love all that colour and texture.


  4. Gorgeous project Angela, love the heated bubble effect texture and colours..
    Looks amazing.
    Hugs Pam x

  5. Thanks for a lovely comment, Angela, and I'm so glad you enjoyed my latest Zentangle and its inspiration. It's so exciting to be getting published!

    Only 2 more chemo treatments to go now - amazing how quickly the time is going.I can't wait to be able t get back into my studio in full swing instead of snatching precious mments when I feel well enough! The creative ideas are fairly buzzing around in my head these days.

    Hope you're having a nice weekend.

    Shoshi x

  6. Beautiful shrine Angela, love the texture from the modeling paste and the colour palette is lovely, thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

  7. Fabulous Angela! Your shrine is filled with such cool elements and the textures are just WOW! love that color modeling creme!!You are so talented,my friend!!
    Thanks for your sweet comments- I love hearing about your pups!! xoxo

  8. Angela, you do realize you're reponsible for a portion of my spending on art products, don't you! Now I want to get a shrine and the modeling creme that bubbles up when heated, and even that stencil! And I'm about to google the Mod Podge melts. Darn, I shouldn't have visted, LOL. Just kidding! Love this project!

  9. I so love shrines and this one is so lovely! I love the wings it really sets it off! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month!

  10. Absolutely stunning...I love it.
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  11. Wonderful shrine... loving all the great photos you took. The embellishments you created from the Mod Podge melts are beautiful ! Thank you for creating with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit !

  12. How creative to make a shrine and love the fun way you've decorated it. Ruth x


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