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My dear friend Kumari has spent many years in India and tending to a shrine has been an integral part of her life. When I first created my shrine making kit she was an encouraging force and created a Shiva shrine out of the kit. You will find her creation on my gallery page. She […]

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Here a picture of a shrine I made in clay. It’s a little imbarrasing realizing that it has been a long time since I posted something. I have been busy running trauma informed arts therapy groups (my other website is mullumbimbyarttherapy if you are interested). So as you may gather I am not spending much […]

Using Stencils

Apr
2013
17

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I love stencils and stamps. The great thing about them is that you don’t need to be a painter or be very skilled person to get really good results. You can make your own stencils quite easily by tracing shapes from a book onto paper and then cut them. Or you can cut any  other […]

Wooden Stamps

Feb
2013
13

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It has taken a little while to get organized and ready to connect to my blog page as I was busy running workshops and experimenting with the shrine template. I am not really a computer person but am determent to post more regularly, inspiring all you shrine makers with tricks and ideas about decorating these […]

Beautiful Papers

Jan
2013
21

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If you are looking for beautiful patterned paper to decoupage your shrine with, check out the scrapbook shops in your area or find some on the net. There are some links in the resources section. I may sell some papers on this website with the shrines soon. Appreciate if any of you shrine makers are […]

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I keep discovering new options for cutting and decorating the shrines. In the folding instructions there is suggested to cut the door corner all off. As an other great option you can cut the diagonal angle only and leave the other part attached to the side of the shrine. You then can fold the door […]

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been quite flat, so when the workshop began, I really was wondering if I could even engage with the process. On the first day, it became clear how disconnected I was, I had absolutely no idea as to do with my shrine. But with support I began anyway. By […]

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    My Shrine is a focus point in time. It is held up by a copper rod hanging is space. It moves freely with the slightest breeze, this reminds me of the ever-changing world around and within me. I can observe my shrine all around, acknowledging all parts of my self, honoring the past, […]

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The  shrine that  I made, was  in a close familiar group  of established  women friends over a 2 day workshop with Claudia. It was  an inspiring and  evolving body of work. Sharing insights , laughter and stories of ourselves we  willingly laboured on, even after the workshop time frame had  finished at Claudia’s house.  Extra […]

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This Shrine was created for an exhibition for the Day of the Dead which is held annually in Mullumbimby, where I live. I view death as a home coming and deep transformation of letting go of the “skin”and personal identification we have carried around a life time. At the same time I like to honour […]

What kind of Paint?

Nov
2011
07

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Using acrylic paint is the easiest way to paint your shrine. You don’t need fancy expensive quality. You can buy little tubes in any craft shop starting around $2 per tube. I prime my shrines with gesso which is an undercoat used by painters and gives a good surface to paint on. But you can […]

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  You can create a second door easily by not cutting the door entry out all the way. Just leave the sides and cut open in the middle to create the door. As you can see you can cut out little sections to create more interest. More ideas will follow….

Big open doors

Nov
2011
03

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This shrine is mainly decorated with decoupage using images. The doors are kept open and single sided to have more area to use. It creates a real stage, space and depth.

Choosing colours

Nov
2011
03

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To keep a restricted colour palette emphasises the theme and is pleasant to the eye. So once you decided on your main colours, find patterns, objects and colours which match easily together.

Natural Findings

Nov
2011
02

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I love wondering along the beach and picking up stones and shells quite intuitively that grab my attention and when I have a closer look some meaning emerges. I may place it in my little shrine to remind me of something, someone or just a beautiful moment in time. These self reflective moments are what […]