Thursday, October 6, 2016


It's October and time for my monthly post as a Design Team Member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. For this project, I used the Large Niche Shrine Kit and the Artist Frida Kahlo as the theme for my Shrine. 

Once I glued the shrine together (and it is easy to assemble),I painted it with orange acrylic paint, let it dry and then painted over the orange with red acrylic paint. While the red paint was still wet, I used a scrunched up paper towel and sponged it so the orange would show through in no particular pattern.

              Next I mixed turquoise acrylic paint with modeling paste and used a stencil for the sides of the front.                

After that was dry, I used crackle paste and antiquing medium to give it an aged appearance. The thicker you put on the paste, the more crackle effect you get.

I love these Vintage rusty tin ceiling tiles, not only are they easy to work with, I was able to easily trim it with scissors to the perfect size. After gluing on the tin tile and letting it dry, I painted the inside of the niche and added a collage photo of Frida to the center back.

To the vintage ceiling tile, I painted one of the Relics and Artifacts using "Flora" and the tiny bust from the "Rising Spirit" to represent Diego Rivera, her one true love. On top of the ceiling tile, I stamped the words, "MY WINGS WILL CARRY ME" and finished off the tile with Guilder paste using my fingers to rub the edges to bring out the design.

The Finnabair mini knobs were perfect to glue to the top corners and the one at the bottom has the word, "ART". 

To the top of the Shrine, I added a small frame and the word "Beloved"along with one of the mini knobs.

I added some cut outs from my personal stash to the sides with Frida quotes on each side.

"I am not sick, I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint."

"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light." 

To the top of the niche, I painted and added the "Finch" from Sandra Evertson's line of Relics and Artifacts and chose the words, "take flight" using Tim Holtz's "Remnant Rubs".

I took the leg from the Relics and Artifacts "Milagros"and did the same thing adding the word "Brave". Then I threaded wired through the top of the leg and in the hole of the tail of the bird and secured it with a bead. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the bird to add the stand and then glued the stand to the top of the Shrine.
I love how it all came together. 

The bird carrying the leg represents the "Brave" in all of us and the trials that we all face at some time in our lives. If we keep moving forward, have faith and never give up, our wings will carry us, no matter what.
To the back side, I added art paper and a stamped paper of Frida with one of my favorite Frida Kahlo quotes:
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone who feels as bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you." *Frida Kahlo

This Large Niche Frida Shrine can be free standing or hung on the wall. It also comes in three sizes.
 *Just a fun tip: As I was assembling this Shrine, and gluing the bottom piece on, I realized that before sealing the bottom of this shrine, it occurred to me that you could easily make this a music box by simply gluing the music box piece inside. Drilling a hole on the outside and inserting the windup key, which adds even more possibilities to this Shrine when you think of Lullabies, Christmas and Birthdays! Happy Creating!

Acrylic Paints
Antiquing Medium
Black Pitt Pen
Mini Alphabet Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad- Black


  1. This is just soo wonderful Kim ♥ Viva Frida!!

  2. Kim!!!
    You absolutely amaze me!! This shrine is outstanding!! I sooo love everything about it! The bird and leg on top-brilliant!! I also love how you added Frida's quotes and the piece to represent Diego!! Again-Brilliant! xx

  3. This is a really awesome project, I 😍

  4. Hi, Kim,
    I was so happy to have found your work for the first time while reading the Journaling magazine.I bought the mag just to get some ideas for collage and mixed media, but then, while reading the section about your work, I noticed where you are from. I'm in AR also, and have been looking for classes to explore collage and mm. Have some specific projects I want to do, but I'm not sure I am up on some of the techniques I want to use. If you know of any classes in the area that have this type of instruction, I'd love to know about it! THanks, and congratulations on the publish!
    Rhonda H

    1. Hello Rhonda and fellow Arkansan! So nice to see you here! I don't know of any classes in my area and I don't know where you are in Arkansas. But there is wealth of technique information on U-tube and Facebook. I take classes offered online whenever I can work them in my schedule and you can do them in your own time. There are some great classes at Artful Gathering online (See the link in my Inspiration tab above) and some awesome groups on Facebook where you will just soak up so much information. I would start there...soon you will on your way!! Can't wait to see what you create.. I am always a work in progress and always learning...
      Thank you for your comment and I hope to see on FB!

  5. Kim, she is wonderful! Thx also for the steps. Xo

  6. This is such a brilliant and gorgeous piece Kim! And I ADORE your music box idea!!!

    1. Thank you Kristin, I've made a few music box assemblages and that is what made me think of it.... after I glued the bottom piece on!! Oh well, there is always another one! :)

  7. To quote the title of one of my favorite movies, this is both "Lovely and Amazing". A wonderful tribute to a true inspiration.

    1. Thank you lovely friend for the kind comment and for taking the time make my day!

  8. Wonderful piece! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Kim! I am a devotee of you and of Frida and so I thought I must pop across here and see more! I was not disappointed! Words fail me for how terrific I think this is! Those quotes; the way you use Sandra's R and As; the modelling paste and crackle and the colours! This is like a beautiful dream! Power to all 'strange' art sisters everywhere! They make life magic! xxx

    1. Oh, thank you so much Julie! Thank you for popping in. It's always extra sweet when someone loves what you are passionate about. If you are a Frida fan like me, then I hope you will pop in again soon and see my reveal of some Frida Art Ive been working on all year.
      Thank you being one of the Magic Makers!

  10. really gorgeous! I have been working with tins lately, wow, you bring breath and life to these! Well done!


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