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Recently Gale and I were emailing back and forth discussing a project I was thinking about for the inspire blog. She showed me a newly finished Reliquary alterable and mentioned that the inspiration for it was the Reliquary Tabernacle with the Virgin and Child that resides at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. I was floored because this is the very reliquary I saw many years ago that inspires my work to this day. It was the perfect piece to complete my vision of a gilded reliquary. It is simple and fast to put together and one can make the interior of the panels extremely intricate for a lot of wow factor.
Collage made in Photoshop using the collage sheet Royalty 16
In Photoshop I figured out how the cropped image would look in the central frame.
I printed out the image on fabric and on paper. I knew I wanted to cut out the face and neck in paper to add to the fabric as it looked more vibrant on the paper. The other parts of the fabric were covered with paint and mixed media.
Working the fabric and preparing to add the paper face.
- Cover the Reliquary Baroque Tri (I used the Large Reliquary for my project) with Simple Leaf. My preference was to make it slightly less shiny by giving it a thin wash of a gold metallic paint.
- Print out the figure Royalty 16 on fabric or paper. I printed her out on fabric, but later glued on a paper face.
- If you’re using fabric, sew some gold embroidery thread for hair, some silver for her collar and outline her dress with gold thread. I painted the dress gold with the same metallic gold I used as a wash on the simple leaf. If you’re using paper only, you can paint and draw over the image and add other mixed media items.
- I added some rhinestone halos around a gold metallic fabric and some Small Humble Leaves or similar (painted gold) as wings and a flower for her to hold.
- To finish embellishing the piece I added some vintage dark ribbon, rows of rhinestones around the central panel and some spray painted gears on the small panels. You might also consider the Fancy Cogs or Fancy Cogs Mini.
- The background of the panels can be any of the beautiful background pages Gale has on offer.
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Yippee Yes! It’s that time of year…and I am feeling that Holiday spirit…BIG-TIME!!! Even as I write this now,my morning coffee beside me is filled Peppermint Candy creamer,my Pandora music channel is caroling Christmas tunes and my half decorated Christmas tree, joyfully lights up the corner of my eye. Naturally,my creative spirit is filled with the jolliest of jollies,sweet Santa. He keeps the “kid” inside me,feeling young,happy and forever thankful.
Paint the front and back panels of the Baroque Triptych…
Glue background paper and images of your choice( when looking for Santa pics,I like to look through my stash of vintage post cards or old Christmas cards)
Add Inka Gold to the green background panel as well as a strip of Gold Dresden. Then add Liquid dots to the frame…
and Glitter to the top of the front panel.
and glue the two pieces together. Lastly add a sticker to the center panel.
Items used in this project:
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Eye Token Emerald Green
Gale has made a wonderful variety of eyes and faces on Sheet 314 which are a perfect fit for the eye tokens. I love to go through my collection of beads and pearls and organize color themes to use with the tokens. The green token uses beetle wings with white pearls and the blue one uses pearls, brass beads and glass beads. The purple one uses glass beads with purple/blue tints combined with pearls, wire and brass colored beads.
Eye Token Purple
Eye Token Blue
It’s early days, but then it’s never too early to consider how amazing eye tokens would look adorning your Christmas tree. What a unique idea for Christmas! And how exciting to have several made up and strung on a garland that decorates your mantle, window or wall. It’s easy to add a loop of gold wire or a pretty ribbon to act as a hanger. You can go quirky as I have done or more traditional. Your imagination is the key to creating amazing and unique ornaments for Christmas and any time of the year.
- Paint the eye token with Inka Gold
- Where there are holes, string wire and beads through the holes. Where there are no holes, twist wire around the edge of the token.
- Assemble two sides with photo of eye once edges are embellished.
Here are the items used and some suggestions of items that will work well with the eye token forms.
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This week I’m headed to Art is You in Stamford Ct. to teach/laugh/learn/create. One of the many reasons why I enjoy this retreat so much is because of their “Living in Generosity” philosophy. In 2012 they raised over $11,ooo dollars to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Petaluma’s Women’s Cancer Awareness Group, Sarah’s House in Maine, and BCI Orphanage in Cambodia.
This year along with many other fundraising efforts they have teamed up with Edie Malin in conducting a journal drive for our heroes that are currently deployed or expected to deploy in the coming months.
This is the Journal I created for for one of our Hero’s. I hope he/she likes it and is encouraged to write in it.
I first separate a pre-made journal I purchased…
then covered the front in premium paper…
I added paint to the Curious Object #3 and then highlighted the edges with Inka Gold Red
I choose one of the many tags in the Paper Whimsy shop and used one under the frame…
then glued on the Alterable to the Journal cover,added rub-ons and Liquid pearl dots…
and added paper and gear to finish up the Alterable…
and Attached some more tags to the sides of journal
and finished off with some bling.
For more information on this wonderful way to help our heroes just go here!
Here are some of the items I used to create the Journal.
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Whew! The comments came in fast and furious for the Curious Angel giveaway. <grin>
Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment on Theresa Martin’s Sweet Angel Face inspire project!
I’m happy to announce the winner by random drawing!
Congratulations, Pandora! Watch for an email in your inbox!
Let’s do this again real soon, my friends!
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An angel rests her sweet head on this banner. She is embellished with charms, beads and a paper collage featuring this beautiful face. It’s reminiscent of a reliquary with dark coloring and jeweled embellishments.
- Begin with Fancy Banner 04.
- Cover the background panel with stenciled paper. I made my paper with black paint, Inka gold and stencils. For the top part of the banner I used Inka gold and a stencil directly onto the fiber board.
- Cut to size and add the beautiful face to the top part of the banner piece.
- Glue on pearls and beads.
- Add some charms to the bottom part of the banner.
- Tie together the top flourish and the banner with wire.
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theresa mARTin Halloween
Skellies and ghosts reside inside this haunted house.
theresa mARTin Halloween
- Spray paint the Tea Chest Black.
- Size in Photoshop and print out sheet 322 and anatomy sheet.
- Adhere glitter to some of the embellishment numerals and the roof panel.
- Assemble figures using glue and adhesive dots to raise the figures to different levels.
- Assemble the house and add some glitter numbers as a finishing touch.
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Before starting this project,I knew I needed to create a Halloween tabletop decoration at least 10″ long.I have the perfect spot in my living room but it called for something wide. Coming up with something was a challenge,until I decided to use the flag pennants in an unconventional way.
So I took the Fancy Bunting flag pennants and taped them together leaving about 1/4″ in between each one.
I added black spray paint to the other side as well as Curios Object No.1 Wings.
I then added creepy crawly card stock…eeeek..I getting the Eeebie jeebies just looking at it…
and then I created and accordion fold crepe paper trim and…
I glued it on to the back of the upside down flags and added some black glitter to the top and some caution tape.
But I needed a new color, so I added purple paint pearls dots on the edges.
I then cut out my images and boo findings…
and added orange stickles to my numbers and once they dried I added some Inka Gold
and put it all together
“ Three little witches stirring their brew.
One fell in and then there were two.
Two little witches went for a run.
One got lost and then there was one.
One little witch, yes, only one.
She cast a spell and now there are none.”
-Halloween Nursery Rhyme
Products I used in this project.
Here’s to making every minute count,
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Metallic Blue is the new black! Inka Gold Cobalt Blue is the best metallic blue I’ve seen and it worked beautifully on the different surfaces of this piece. I covered the Victorian Terrarium, the brass horse and the skull charm with it. Smooth as silk. It goes on moist and dries quickly in the air. I didn’t see Gale’s Spooky Terrariums until after I’d made this piece but I think either terrarium works well as a Halloween piece.
What will you be making for Halloween?
- Create a small collage to fit within the frame of the terrarium.
- Spray paint the wood of the eco fiber board, then cover with Inka Gold Cobalt Blue. Inka Gold will work without the base of spray paint too.
- Use a cotton tip to get the Inca Gold into small spaces. Otherwise, use your fingers. This is a non toxic pigment cream and it washes off the hands easily.
- Cover the charms of your choice with Inka Gold Cobalt Blue.
- You can buff the Inka Gold with a paper towel for a higher sheen.
- Glue on the collage and glue the terrarium together.
- Glue on the charms and add rhinestones.
- If wanted, glue on a piece of wire to make this into a hanging piece.