Friday, July 5, 2013

Fairy Shrines - A New Addiction

I've had a few moments of clarity lately...and they involved Retro Cafe Art Fairy Shrines.
I have found they match up really well with Fresco Paints and PaperArtsy Stamps.
(Links for stores that carry PA are on my side-bar on the right.)

These are the 6 Shrines I was able to create. 2 are duplicates for the Swap.
You can find the info here on that fun project going on at RAC using these 3 Shrines 1, 2, and 3.

The Shrines come packaged flat, cut from Masonite, and they pop out perfectly!
 They end up being about 4 1/4 inches tall.
I used the rectangular piece that comes out, shown here, to add my signature and create a little bit more of a stand when glued to the lower back of the shrine.
Here you can see the assemblage before I add the back.
The base coat on most pieces is several colors of Fresco Paints that I add with Cut-n-Dry Foam squares. Then I stamp with Archival Inks.
The inside of each of the shrines has embossed metal foil tape. Some have also been tooled with a detail roller as well.
This is the one I designed first. HOWEVER, do NOT add black permanent marker to the back of the Doll Head faces!!!
In some areas it will seep through, and create a badly bruised look around the lighter black eyes or a nose...Live and Learn.
Use a water-based marker to color on the back if you don't want to see white paper from behind,
Kristin had to send me more faces to finally get Joan of Arc back up and running here! Thank you Kris!

I love how the Blood Orange and Haystack combined here with Smoked Paprika create the body. And the Guacamole, Bora Bora and Inky Pool dress up the Dragonflies to go with the Turquoise glittered wings.
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue that I've had for ages just came in the perfect colors!
Here is the Queen....her background in the shrine is one I rolled down completely with a fine detail tool after embossing. Just a little different look.
The really COOL thing about the Doll Heads is that they're all cut out for you, and they are a perfect fit on the Shrines! Great Thinking, Kris.

And this little lady has the face I used after I ruined poor Joan of Arc, but I love how her coloring was perfect for the of the rest of the shrine.
Each Shrine comes with a Crown, but I used a Sunburst here instead.
I added the Large Arrow charm to the Moth.
So check out the links below, email me any questions you have, and get your little Fairy Shrines to join the Swap!
They're on SALE people!!!
Products Used from Retro Cafe Art:
Products Used from PaperArtsy:
 Other Products:
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Turquoise, Fire Opal, Florentine Gold and Tourmaline
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Metal Foil Tape
  • Embossing Folder
  • Metal Detail Roller
  • Cut-n-Dry Foam
  • Pearls
  • Crafter's Pick-The Ultimate White Glue


Helen said...

They look just fabulous, Linda - and let's face it, anything goes well with Paperartsy products!! Enjoy your weekend.

PaperArtsy said...

Oh I can see how easy it would be to get addicted to making these Linda! They look so much fun!

ann said...

Wow they are so creative and colourful!!

Julie Lee said...

Hurray! I just received mine from Kris and the fabulous paper cut heads too! I can't wait to begin. Thanks for the tip about the back of the heads! Your shrines are gorgeous. When I saw that one on Twitter last night I was enchanted!!! But every one is as lovely as the other! Julie Ann x

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

FANTASTIC!!!! One of these lovely ladies may want to stay and live with me :). xoxo

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Wow Julie! Those fairies flew fast to the UK! Nice!

Rosie said...

wowh, these are fantastic

Unknown said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, dear Linda! Love all the details, you always do amazing work!

Carol Q said...

they are very cooooool!

butterfly said...

Fabulous altering of the shrines - I love that each one gets its own personality!
Alison x

Theresa said...

LINDA: I cannot tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these fairy shrines!!! They are the coolest!

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are gorgeous, Linda, so YOU, and they fill me with ideas. It's easy for me to get Paper Artsy stuff but I can't get Retro Cafe Art items so I guess I gain on the swings and lose on the roundabouts. Any chance we might have a UK retailer for RCA? Love everything you make ......

Lucy x

Kay Wallace said...

Before today, I had never heard of Fairy Shrines! I guess there will always be something new to keep us enchanted! These shrines are absolutely gorgeous, Linda. You have added the detail that makes each unique! Bravo!

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

We ship to the UK all the time! And shipping time is normally under two weeks! :)

Linda M. Cain said...

Kristin said it all. And since they're flat, they're easy to ship. And they're ON SALE now!!! Just sayin'.

Candy C said...

Linda...OH MY GOSH! These shrines are incredible! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your use of color on these. They are all fantastic. LOVE the vintage ladies heads. Love the dimensional frames. Love ALL of them!!! YOU are one talented lady! <3 Candy