Monday, March 3, 2008

More Shrines

I really enjoy making shrines. These came about becuase of my friend Rose.Check out her site 'Altered Rose'. We send each other stuff in the mail. And she sent me some cigar boxes. These reminded me of building blocks because they are so square. So I thought of piling them on top of each other and doing a multi-level shrine. I may still do that. I have one more I haven't used yet.

Anyway, building blocks made me think of kids. And kids make me think of fairies. So here are my fairy kid shrines.
I crackled the outside and papered the insides. I aged the blocks with ink. I mounted the images to cardstock. Then I cut them out and made stands for them with 16g copper wire which I glues to their little backs using E6000.
The wings are from cicadas. I took them off the dead bugs then preserved them with gel medium. I was going to use butterfly wings, but these were more interesting.

The little chick figurine is the match to the one on top of the branch on 'A Leg Up.'
Shrines are so much fun to make..have you tried yet?
Peace
Mary

15 comments:

Eastjewels said...

OMG Mary these are incredible....I love both of them but the little boy is so precious...He could come live with me any time he wants...I can have the adoption papers drawn up by the time he gets here...I love you art Mary....

Linda (Okla)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary, I love your shrines a lot,
you created beautiful wings.
I see those little blocks with the letters on it so often, may I ask where do you get them? because I adore these very much.
keep on going,
Mieke

Cindy said...

Great shrines, Mary! I mean, really fantastic. I love the way you used the cicada wings. Much more interesting than butterflies.

Lindart said...

The Cicada wings are very cool! I love shrines, but have yet to make one. Yours are awesome!

akatrix said...

Mary, you know I love your sewing shrine and now these! Just darling....!!!
You've inspired me to start a sewing shrine as soon as I find something for the actual shrine. I need something big enough for all my sewing stuff!
Pat

Christie said...

Those are adorable! So sweet.

Jillian said...

Hi Mary. Your shrines are wonderful!

Rose said...

Now I see what you did with those cigar boxes....you told me of the idea and here they are! They are freakin' fab! I still think to have them set up piled like blocks is a great idea......love love love the cicada wings......

Inka said...

Just charming as could be!

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

THESE are sooo Cute!I love the detail I haven't done a shrine so much as a little vinnette///
THise look awesome
Stacy~Creativemuse
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Dawn said...

Wahayyy!!! You Rock Mary, and real wings how totally unique..you never cease to amaze me, fabulous work

Kimberly Miller said...

Mary - I love your shrines. They are awesome. I just joined the ezine cafe and saw your post about them so I thought I'd look you up. We have those noisy cicadas here in the spring also, and that is a great idea to do with the wings. They are transparent like you'd picture a fairy to have. Awesome - Kimberly

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kecia said...

hello! love that you use cicada wings - so resourceful! now what am i going to do with this stick bug i found last summer - lol! the shrines are great. i find something very satisfying about creating them.
toodles,
kEcIa

kecia said...

p.s. just delete "ebambi" -it's junk (previous poster) and today is Memory Monday over at Lemoncholy's if you want to stop by and participate.
kEcIa