I have been learning how to make shrines from Christina Zinnia Galliher in one of my art groups Roses on My Table. (She is an amazing mixed media artist who also offers a class at Artful Gathering). If you are more interested in getting your degree in art, check out mfadegree.net!
The shrine is made from foam board, covered in tissue paper, different acrylic paints and then embellished. I am planning to make 4 shrines, dedicated to the 4 different stages of womanhood, maiden, bride, mother and wise woman. Traditionally in ancient Celtic religion each of these stages had it's own feast day, the maiden or virgin on February 1 was Imbolc, the bride or temptress on May 1, Beltane, the Mother on August 1, Llamas and finally the wise woman or witch on the eve of October 31, that's the one we all know as Halloween of course, its old Celtic name was Samhain. This shrine is dedicated to the stage of the young innocent girl. The white roses are for purity, the other bits symbolize the innocence of childhood for me.
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