“Some day you’ll be old enough to start reading fairytales again”. – CS Lewis
That is where I am in life… and I believe it to be perfect for my inner artist. Where I have that childlike wonder yet enough experience to not be fearful. Comfortable in my own skin. It feels like I have wings. My own fairy wings. Want to fly with me?
Here is a quick breakdown of how I made this book shrine for my fairy friend- and owner of Retro Cafe Art Gallery ( she’s my art supply fairy!) Thank you Kristin for believing in artists.
With a palette knife, apply modelling paste to the edges and inset pieces of the niche shrine kit. Use a straight pin or needle tool to create ridge lines in the paste. This should resemble the pages of a book. Allow to dry and then age with an antiquing medium.
Step Two: Assemble the shrine and find a recycled book cover to fit your shrine. ( A dictionary was used here). Cut the inset out with an X-Acto knife.
Step Three: Stamp text onto the inside pages of your book cover.
Step Four: Embellish the outside of the cover with fairy cut-outs, crown cut-outs, and bits of string. Collage over these elements with crinkled tissue paper and gel medium. Let dry and paint as desired.
For the niche, collage in a book page for the background and paint to resemble the sky. Add strips of pages, painted with watered down green paint, to look like grass. Now add in your painted and stamped fairies and mushrooms. To give the illusion of depth, you can use small pieces of wood or foam to glue behind the cut-outs.
Glue the cover over your shrine. Add some dresden and a flourish cut-out to frame the inset. Stamp and emboss for added flair!
From Retro Cafe Art Gallery:
niche shrine kit, large
chipboard fairies cut-outs (style 1)
chipboard mushroom cut-outs
crown cut-outs (set II) chipboard
Victorian flourish cut-outs, masonite
German dresden border -mini scalloped- antique gold
Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest cling stamps, set 1
Emboss It- Clear ink pad
Embossing Powder, Ranger, gold
Finnabair Art Basics, soft matte gel
vintage book, modelling paste, acrylic paints, antiquing medium