Monday, 9 June 2014

Travelling Shrine to Elen of the Ways

I love shrines, and when I found this little wooden photo frame for £2.00 in a charity shop I felt it would be perfect for a travelling shrine with its cut out wooden doors that close to protect the picture inside.  It took a few weeks of looking at it before I realised that this stamp of an antlered woman, called Druidess, would fit really well into the frame.

To start with I repainted the frame from its original dull grey to a green with a bit of metallic gold mixed in and then rubbed a bit more gold over the surface.  While that was drying I stamped the image onto white card and heat embossed it.  I used a mix of acrylic paint, dye based watercolours and Twinkling H2Os to get the effects and colours I wanted.

Once the paint on the frame was dry I used various other stamps on the inner frame and on the back of the frame and heat embossed them in copper.  On the front of the doors I added copper metal accent pieces to help hide the image a bit more while they are closed.  I found some vintage amber beads for the flower centres too.  I am going on an Elen of the Ways retreat next weekend and this little shrine will travel with me there.

The front of the shrine, with doors closed.

The central image;  I have left the glass in the frame to protect it.

The shrine stood with its doors opened for use.

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