Today I would like to share with you my first Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe project.
I have to tell you,working with Gwen's products is
both heavenly and mind boggling!
I say this because as I set about to do my piece,my brain starts saying..."OOOhhh! You could do this with that paper,and woaoooh! wouldn't that ribbon look gorgeous used like this?and on and on" heehee
mind boggling~lucky I keep pen and paper close by to take brain notes! LOLStarting out with two pieces from my stash,I went about re-making these into something beautiful as well as useful.
The front of this domino box slides open,so I figured this would be a perfect place to keep my new sage bundles and small incense cones.
There were already three small screw tips at the bottom of the house piece,so after adding holes in the domino box in the same place,these would be attached together later using E6000 glue.
Each part received a coat of black gesso.
Most of the pieces used in this project came from Gwen's Enchanting Elephants Collage & Embellishments Pack.
After having glued a sheet of Gwen's hand printed paper from the same pack,onto the house,next,centering Gwen's Art Deco Flower Medallion Stencil,I scraped modeling paste through and set aside to dry.
Once the modeling paste was dry,I drybrushed Silks~Solar Gold & Stargazer onto the medallion till the look I wanted was achieved.
It is at this point I went all out and totally forgot about more step by step photos! oops So,going from memory,here's what happened next...
Next,covering the front slide of the box with Tacky glue,I adhered that Gorgeous piece of Black and Gold elephant trim!! Is that trim not stunning???
This trim and the beads below,all came from the Enchanting Elephant pack~
just have to tell you,this pack is filled with exquisite pieces!
From there I went on to cover the roof the sides as well as the back with papers from Gwen's Essentials Florentine Paper Samples Pack.
I edged these with a bit of Quinachridone Gold,using my finger.
Then,I attached the two pieces together and set to dry.
While drying I played around with the beads and charms and put together center hanging piece.
Here I used the beads from the Enchanting Elephants pack, and the Irresistible Bronze Hamsa Charm . The center piece is from the Going Global Turkmen Jewelry Parts. I strung these together with fine wire and glued on with E600 as well as with a tiny brad.
For the roof line,I used pieces of leftover bead trim which was small enough and the perfect size for the front.
This was also dry-brushed with Silks Stargazer.
Here on the back, after fussy cutting two Lotus' from Gwen's Lovely Lotus Collage digital sheet, I applied these with Decou-Page,as well as this sweet hand stamped elephant piece that was also in my Enchanting Elephants Pack.
Below these I added a strip of Blue Square Tiles washi tape
Felling like there was something missing again,I used the Art Deco Flower Medallion. This time I used embossing ink with a sponge and covered it with embossing powder from Emerald Creek's~Winter's Mistake,also adding a bit of the same to the top edges of the roof trim. Beautiful!!
Gwen carries a wide variety of Emerald Creek Embossing powders
Up next,were the addition of these mosaic tiles to the back base,these were secured with E6000.
To give a more finished look,I added embossing ink and Emerald Creek's~Charred Gold embossing powder between the tiles and around the edges of the back of the shrine.
My Buddha treasure I have had for some time was added last,finding the perfect place to rest.
Well, if you have made it to here,phew-right?! teehee
I certainly hope you leave inspired today by both project and by all of the beautiful global mixed media supplies and kits available at Gwen Lafleur's Online Store
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As always, I thank you so much for your visits and comments~
you always make my heart smile!
Links to other products used:
Emerald Creek Allure Embossing Powders~