A Return and a Flaming Heart

Oh man does it feel GREAT to be back!  When the lovely Kristin of Retro Cafe Art Gallery decided to take some time away in order to prepare for the arrival of her gorgeous daughter, I thought it would be a good time to just relax, enjoy the down time and focus on other avenues such as school.  Now that the shop is open, it’s time to give this space here a little much needed TLC and what better way to start off on a new foot than sharing my HEART with all of you!

I’m always a sucker for shrines, shadow boxes, and niche boxes and this is one I’ve had in my stash for some time now.  To sit down with the pieces and paint and just let the process take over was pure magic.

After seeing some beautiful Mexican folk art pieces by my fellow Art Sister, Kim Collister, I was inspired.  I just let the vision in my mind flow through my hands but at the same time, I wanted to keep an element of traditional inspiration in the piece.

Shall we take a journey into my technical process?

Step 1:  Prep your Fancy Flaming Heart Milagro Shrine pieces with some gesso and color those babies!  Go wild, honey!  Go.  Wild.

Step 2:  Bust out that acrylic paint and sponge brush and go to town!  I like the bumpy look so I dabbed the paint onto the heart rather than brush it on.  You can also dab it onto your hands.  I may or may not have done so myself.Step 3:  Add more color and accent with some shading.  Like splatters?  Then splatter away!  (Mine ended up getting covered up, but I’m okay with that.)Step 4:  Glue everything together.  If you are like me and use E6000 or Goop, don’t forget to open a window.  I think I may have gotten a wee bit loopy unintentionally huffing the Goop.  I’m a sucker for beads and if you’ve seen my work, you’d already know this about me.  Why should this piece be any different?

Step 5:  More fine beading on the flames and tips.  For the niche, add some glue and dump some microbeads into it.  Why wait for that glue to dry?  Bust out the Goop (and a fan!) and glue your charm in.  Lovin’ my dainty border?  Take a length of seven of the small daisy chain dresden and cut that baby in half.  Be sure to use super sharp scissors!

Step 6:  Make a margarita, sit back, and just admire your creative process!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy not only my return to blogging but the re-opening of Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  I’m sure I speak for the rest of my Art Sisters by saying we are thrilled to be BACK!

Supply List:
Fancy Flaming Heart Milagro Shrine
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paint “Gold Rush”
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paint “Rich Turquoise”
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paint “Fresh Orange”
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paint “Ancient Coin”
Finnabair Art Ingredients Micro Beads “Copper”
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim “Daisy Chain-Small”
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint “Cadmium Red Medium Hue”
E6000 Glue
Milagros Charm
Seed Beads

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11 thoughts on “A Return and a Flaming Heart

  1. Ariane Cagle

    I love this flaming heart. Your colors are just so vibrant. I love Kristen’s products, so I’ve bookmarked your blog to follow. Thanks for sharing your work!

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  2. Karen Mallory

    What a fabulous shrine!! The colors and techniques are great.
    I ordered as soon as Retro Café Art reopened! LOL

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  3. Jan K

    I love this! I think the colors and micrograms are my favorite followed by the texture on the inside heart. Beautiful!

    Jan K.

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  4. Ashly Allen

    Sooo cute! I love these shrines. I like the small finishing touches of the bead border and the dresden around the frame. Love it!

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