Friday, June 5, 2015

Exquisite Art Shrine from Retro Cafe Art Gallery

I decided to channel my inner Michael deMeng here. It is surely one of my favorite combinations...Steampunk, Shrines, Relics, and embossed Metal.

The Large Exquisite Shrine from Retro Cafe Art Gallery is just too cool not to be made into a Work of ART. You'll love it when you get one!!!

You know I decorate the pieces and then glue them together. So I won't elaborate on that. The base is painted and then I added the G45 steampunk papers. It's accented with Sharpie pen dots.

 Then I embossed my metal by running it through the Vagabond Machine with the really, really cool embossing folder from Sizzix and Vintaj. The Art Deco designs on these are gorgeous!

Then I painted the metal foil with Heavy Black Gesso and let it almost completely dry. 

Buff it off with a soft cloth and shine the metal...gently.

Then you add your patinas....Guilders Paste and Inka Golds.

This is the front that I covered with Graphite Texture Paste, let it dry for a few minutes and then created a design in it for additional texture. The insides are covered with cut pieces of the embossed metal sheets.

This shows the back with the design created with 2 runs through the Vagabond. It's a little tricky, but it can be done.

The Skull is painted with a glaze and some permanent inks. The gears have been painted with metallic paint dabbers and the metal ones with patinas. I glued the Skull to a Fancy round Cut-Out. 

I glued the Steampunk Key to the Heart with 3D Matte Gel and added it to the Shrine on a wooden block for height. It is hanging from the top with a piece of black chain. The Rhinestone ribbon covers the inside edge of the front.

The antique bottles and clock gears add a bit of vintage feel to the piece. Some of the vintage gears are fit into the crevasses at the top of the Shrine. The Chipboard Flourishes are painted with acrylics and white dots are added. Then they're glued to the sides of the Shrine.

All in all, I really enjoyed creating this piece. It's quirky and I LOVE how it turned out.  So check out the links for RCAG and order one for yourself. Make it all different, make it your own style, but I guarantee you'll love it, too.


Products Used from Retro Cafe Art:
Large Exquisite Art Shrine
Ornate Flourish  - Style 5 and Style 2
Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts - Skull and Heart
Fancy Round Cut-Out
Guilder's Paste - Patina  and Coral Red
Inka Gold - Gold and Copper
Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel
Art Basics - Heavy Black Gesso
Brass Gear Mix
Silver Gear Mix
12mm Basic Gear Charms
12mm Fancy Gear Charms
Steampunk Gears II
Metal Foil Tape
Sharpie - Extra Fine Point Poster Pen

Other Products:
Art Extravagance - Texture Paste-Graphite
Vagabond Machine
Vintaj Embossing Folder - Nouveau Tiles
Graphic45 Steampunk papers
Metallic Paint Dabbers
Acrylic Glazes
Rhinestone Ribbon Trim
Vintage Clock Gears
Vintage Glass Bottles


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous dimensional piece , love the metal and the fantastic colours and the skull and heart sit perfectly. Tracy x

Barbara Rankin said...

Awesome x 3! Did I mention that is it amazing? Love it to pieces, and the embossed metal is really my favorite part with the awesome colors you added. Well, the whole thing is just wonderful. TFS

Helen said...

This is fantastic, Linda!! The back is so gorgeous (not that the front isn't!) and has a real art deco feel to the design. what a wonderful work of art.

Karenliz Henderson said...

Amazing shrine. Beautiful. Your shrines are always stunning.

Linda M. Cain said...

Thx. I love the metal the most, too.

Linda M. Cain said...

It's my favorite part, too!

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Oh yes! This is incredible. I LOVE the embossed metal! This is my new favorite piece by you. Adore it! xoxo

Deb Moon said...

Love, LOVE this! Totally nailed that Steampunk Funk.

Lisa H said...

oh wow Linda, this is so neat!! I just love that metal back too. Does the Black gesso work better than black acrylic paint for the first step?

Linda M. Cain said...

Yes Lisa, I think it does. Especially when you let it dry longer. I've used both. Just MHO though. ;)

Kathy Bradley said...

I can't even express how much I love this piece! It is gorgeous and very, very cool! I love the metal pieces used - it makes such a statement on your shrine. Did I tell you how much I love this??!! Making a list of the pieces and will need to try it - a great piece! said...

This is spectacular ..... love looking at every little nook and craney....

JackieP Neal said...

WOW and WOW and WOW!!
Absolutely exquisite Linda!! Definitely see the DeMeng influence and also the signature Cain!! heehee LOve it!

Theresa said...

Holy cow! This is amazing!! The detail is absolutely stunning!!! Something to look at everywhere you look!! Nice work.

Kathi said...

This is absolutely, positively, gobsmackingly gorgeous. I love that Art Deco metal back and the Steampunk skully goodness of the front.

I pinned it too!

Thanks for the details about the creation of this fabulous piece of art!

Joi at RR said...

I'm in awe Linda. Totally in awe. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. The colors are stunning and you placed everything in the perfect place to make it not only an EXQUISITE Art Shrine but a shrine to your CREATIVITY too. FABULOUS. j.

Anjuli Johnson said...

Oh my goodness... I can't even explain how much I love this, especially the base with all the gears lined up- perfect!!

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Looks fabulous Linda!! Awesome project!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Awesome steam punk shrine! Beautiful techniques and design, you are really talented. I love this. xxx

Sarah Lynch said...

Totally amazing!

Linda M. Cain said...

Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to leave a few kind words. They mean a lot!


Chrissy said...

GAH!! This makes me want to, no....NEEEED TO bust out my metal sheets, embossing folders and machine! LOVE THIS pieces!!!!!!!

Kim Collister said...

Everything about your piece is Steampunk Stunning and the back is gorgeous too!!