Friday, 29 January 2016

A shrine with bottles for Countryview Crafts

Hello dear visitors and welcome.
Today I am sharing my second project created for the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog, where this month our theme is Inspired By Bottles.
Well, as you can see, - bottles don't exactly take centre stage in this project, but they are there and I just felt like doing something totally different for a change....

I'm not one that usually goes in for assemblage types projects, I have never owned any of the Tim Holtz configuration boxes for instance, - but I did have rather a large collection of little bottles and other bits and pieces collected over the years, so I thought it was about time they found a home...

I'm sorry there are no step by step photos, but I'll show you some details and talk you briefly through my process.

I built the shrine or whatever you want to call it, from scratch out of foam board, - easy to cut yet thick enough to make it easy to glue together. After it was constructed, I covered it with strips of tissue paper and then painted it with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint and distressed it with some Decoart Antiquing Cream.  Here in the middle section you can see the two little bottles.
The tiny little book of secret wishes was also made from scratch out of old book pages, a bit of lace coloured to tone in with the rest of the project, a string of little pearls and some tiny roses.
The bottom section has some elements from nature, tiny pine cones, some pebbles and you can perhaps also see how I made a little pedestal by adhering two bits of foam board, one slightly smaller than the second. The background to each of the sections has some scraps of paper from my stash.
The top section is like a little loft, with some bits of fabric, a broken doll and a tiny little basket. I could of course weave a whole story about the girl portrayed in the middle section and how perhaps she reflects on the relics of her childhood, - but I leave that to your own imagination.
Here finally you can see a section of the roof, I gave it texture with the help of some modelling paste and my fingers. I probably should have spent more time on it, - I could have done a better job, - but I ran out of time (and inclination to be honest).
Lastly, a close up of the sides, with the inevitable crackle, created with Decoart Crackle Glaze, to give it all that vintage feel.
Well that's it. I think this whole project was probably at least in part inspired by the many hours spent playing with my two little grand daughters over Christmas, who as part of their Christmas presents receives a wonderful  old dollhouse.

Here we are, nearly at the end of the month, but if you have time still, do come and play along in our challenge and take a look at some of the other amazing projects created during this month by the team. All you need to do is click HERE.

Thank you for visiting like always, and happy creating!!

31 comments:

  1. Fantastic project, love the colours, really very stylish. Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. OMG, Astrid, this is out of this world stunning make! What rich textures, awesome colours and amazingly beautiful embellishments! I am completely in love with this beauty! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  3. Sometimes it nice to do something totally different Astrid, especially when they turn out as lovely as this. I always lovely seeing the varied textures and elements of interest you always managed to draw into your artwork.

    B x

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  4. Gorgeous!! what a wonderful vintage feeling with so many lovely details and altered effects!

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  5. Fabulous project Astrid, love all the texture and the colours are just right.

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  6. Gorgeous! The beautiful crackle finish and then all the details inside. Fabulous.

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  7. Wow, what an incredible project Astrid!! I am so amazed by all of the different textures, wow, I really want to touch it. The blues are so ethereal and that itty bitty book is quite an amazing detail! So much to see! hugs :)

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  8. What a very pretty and feminine shrine, Astrid! I love the draping of the lace and added little roses. The crackle texture is totally gorgeous and the blues so peaceful. Love this so much!

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  9. Fabulous Astrid, how clever to design and build yourself and then alter it and fill it with wonderful elements. Love it.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  10. A breathtaking assemblage dear Astrid! AMAZING!

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  11. This is absolutely enchanting Astrid!!!!!! What a gorgeous work of art!

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  12. Shabby chic goodness! LOVE the romanticism, and all the goods in there!

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  13. Wow, Astrid ! Every time I think it can't get any better, it does !
    Love it !
    Corrie x

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  14. amazing crackle and a wonderful assemblage Astrid - it really is beautiful! Love the colour too! Big hugs Rachel x

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  15. Astrid, this looks gorgeous, it must have taken hours to create. The details are awesome.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. What a sweet and evocative shrine, Astrid! So many wonderful details everywhere - my imagination is spinning! I love the colors you've created, and what a fab idea to use foam board!! I'll have to tuck that idea in my noggin.... as I am not too skilled at chipboard stuff, lol! This does resemble a dollhouse - what a wonderful inspiration from your granddaughters! xxx Lynn

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  17. This is fantastic, Astrid! Love all the little elements especially the book and the loft.

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  18. Astrid,
    I love this shrine! Your attention to details makes it so beautiful!

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  19. I absolut LOVE this project here Astrid, and you know, it´s my colors, so in my world this is just sooo perfect, and the entire project is just amazing and very very beautiful. Sooo perfect and wonderful and something I´m sure any girl would love to have in their own room.

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  20. Astrid your shine is so fantastic. Yes it is adorable. I love all the details and the colors. Your creativity is amazing. And it is very impressing that you made it from scratch. Using foam board...!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. It's always a pleasure and great inspiration to visit your blog.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  21. Another Wow project Astrid love all of it gorgeous soft blues and lots of details, I can see how you were inspired by your grandchildren lol.
    Thanks for sharing
    MaggieH

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  22. Ah-Ma-zing! Shrine!!
    And to think you made that shrine out of foamboard!! Very very cool!!!
    I love your art Astrid! Did I ever mention that?
    Jackie xoxo

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  23. Your style shines through on this Astrid. Beautiful. Jenny x

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  24. Big round of applause for you, Astrid on this fabulous HANDMADE (!!!!) shrine! Incredible how you put this together, and each detail is treasure to look at! I would like to shrink myself down, and sit on that lace with that great book to read! Wonderful work, and in my favorite color! As always, you put such personality into this project. Well done!

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  25. Wow love this gorgeous creation,fabulous colours and texture.xxx

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  26. Astrid, that is exquisite, love all the wonderful found bits that combine to make your lovely shrine and the way it was inspired by your granddaughters, a real treasure, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  27. Pure delight! Love the soft blue, the crackle, the vintage image and adverts, and the gorgeous found objects collected in this wonderful assemblage piece. I can see how it has been inspired by playing with your granddaughters and their dollshouse!
    Alison xx

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  28. Gorgeous! Astrid. Love all the texture and crackle and so much to see too . A real feast for the eyes . x

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  29. A beautiful project.
    Avril xx

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  30. Don't know how I missed this project Adtrid x it is totally fabulous ......with the most amazing details and textures. It is so appealing and totally stunning

    Tfs Annie x

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