Saturday, November 09, 2019

Saints, Sinners and Mystics Little Niche Shrines

Some things take time. Life gets in the way, plans change, priorities shift, wrenches halt the wheels of progress. In other words, stuff happens. These little nicho shrines from AlphaStamps are a perfect example. An idea spouts, brainstorming swirls like mad, but somehow it takes months and months for the planets to align 'just-so' to make them happen.

And this isn't a bad thing! Waiting for the right moment is far better than rushing the wrong moment. (That's what I keep telling myself, so I hope it's true.)

Each of these shrines is made from chipboard, a small box and a decorative piece affixed to the front. There are PointedRectangleScalloped and Starburst niches available.

To decorate each of these I've followed the same process:
• assemble the niche
• cover with old paper
• apply washes of paint
• stamp and apply gold embossing powder (the tarot nicho skips this step)
• combine layers of fussy cut collage sheet elements spacing with foam squares
• add finishing touches like gold dresden and brass stars

While I considered styling these as homages to beautiful, colourful, Mexican nichos (and you could absolutely explore that theme!) I drew from a mash-up of images from Roman Catholicism, Mysticism, Gnosticism and just plain old lovely old woodcuts and engravings.

You can find the images I used collected onto two separate collage sheets. The Mad Mystic Collage Sheet used above, which is a bit more devilish and magically themed.

And the Saints and Sinners Collage Sheet which is all bleeding hearts and blessed beings (except for the dude above who is definitely a sinner).

Below you'll find a list of all the bits I used in making these niche shines. Have your own grand ideas? DO IT! Make all the stuff, explore your ideas and get messy! BUT if you happen to get caught up in life and get distracted and you're dodging life's wrenches... remember not to sweat it, everything  happens in it's proper time.

Little Niche Shrine - Scalloped
Little Niche Shrine - Starburst
Little Niche Shrine - Rectangle
Tiny Scalloped Fleur Dresden Borders - Antique Gold
Tiny Dot Dresden Borders - Gold
Flat-Back Gold Star Studs - 12mm
foam adhesive squares
old book pages/music sheets
acrylic paint
gold embossing powder and stamps