For my post for March 2017 as a design team member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I decided to go with another La Guardarrop Shrine with a little twist. The last one I made was for a post for Halloween last October. I love making Shrines so I could not resist another attempt at this La Guardarropa Shrine. I did a minor alteration on this one, taking out the shelf inside and giving it a totally different look.
I usually don't begin gluing pieces together until I know what is going to go on the front and back sides. It is so much easier to work on the front and back sides when you can lay them flat especially if you are stamping or working with a collage.
I completed the quote on the back side so I could stamp it while it laying flat. Then I flipped it over and added my collage pieces that would be on the inside. I also completed the painting and gluing on my frames to the front doors before assembling the entire piece.
The shrine is suppose to have a shelf inside, but I chose to leave out the shelf so I could utilize the entire space inside for my collage. It is easy to leave out the shelf and assemble. There will be a slit on both sides where the shelf should have been. I covered my slits with a papel picado cut out on the inside on both sides and one of Retro Cafe's crosses on the outside on both sides. One would never know the slit was there.
On the inside of the doors, I added a couple pieces of my own embossed paper then added a papel picado cut out and cross with one of the cut out roses on top.
The Shelf keeps the doors from going all the way in, but I kinda like the look it gave for this shrine allowing them to go in as well and yet they are easy to open. I added small crosses on the front of both doors for handles.
While waiting for the assemblage to dry which does not take long at all with a good tacky glue, I started painting the other pieces, like the crosses,the papel picado cut outs, and skull for the top of the Shrine.
I added the skull on top of one of the frames from the circle shrine kit,I really like how it framed the skull.
For my collage inside, I added painted Papel Picado cut outs and Milagros. The head/face is from one of the Angels and Saints Art Doll paper cuts over at Retro Cafe. I placed the head over another body I had in my stash.
Then I added roses that I cut from the Rosey Cake Paper Cuts at Retro cafe ...sometimes when you have a need it calls for desperate action. The roses worked perfect on the front, back,sides and inside of the shrine.
I ordered the milagros from a shop on Etsy straight from Mexico, I love how they fit perfectly into the frames from Retro Cafe.
Next I added some brightly colored shell circle charms around the collage inside from my personal stash because I had them already, but any colored beads, jewelry pieces, charms, flowers, glittery bits and bobs would work just as well. Just let your imagination guide you.
Before finishing up, I added more glitz to the sides using some brads from Prima (just pulling off the back pieces) and gluing them on. Lastly, I added some Diamond Stickles to the roses and more paint to the sides and different places (using my fingers) that I felt needed a little more dimension or distressed look.
I love how the Shrine turned out and I found a Mexican proverb that I stamped on the back side in Spanish.
"The house does not Rest on the Earth, but on a
Woman." meaning, the woman is the one that makes a house work, or to stay up.
If you would like to win a Wardrobe Shrine like this one to create one of your own, just leave a comment on this post stating what you liked best about this post or shrine. Next week a winner will be announced!
I do a new post each month for Retro Cafe Art Gallery and other creative madness in between. Thank you for being here, I hope to see you again soon! You can find this and other art created by me in my Etsy shop.
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