Category Archive: Tiles

Jun 29

Copper Queen Shrine

copper queen shrine

 I started out just making a lot of pieces for shrine boxes. Making these boxes is a technique I learned from a book called “Creating Personal Shrines” by Carol Owen. Basically, you paint both sides of foamcore with acrylic (or gesso? Maybe gesso works too) and let it dry. Then you glue ricepaper to each …

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May 19

Day and Night Shrine

gold and blue celestial shrine

  I had prepared two shrine blanks to work on, and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them, but I  knew that one of them had to involve this color combination of blue+apricot yellow/orange. I started by gluing the wooden frame (I mitered and glued them years ago out of extra wooden …

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May 11

How to turn a “Ribba” frame into a “Ribba” shadowbox

ribba crow

 Here’s a ribba shadowbox, which I bought from Ikea years ago and used to frame this small tile. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model.  Here’s what they carry now. They’re very cheap frames. The smallest was only $1.99 yesterday. Not a bad size for people who want to do small multi-media projects and want a self-contained …

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May 05

Copper-Green Goldfish Mosaic

copper goldfish shrine

  This is the shrine I referenced in the greenman shrine of a few weeks ago. It’s actually more of a mosaic than a shrine. I made most of the tiles during a marathon polymer-clay session last summer. I do most of my polymer clay sessions in the summer because my studio had no heat, …

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Mar 18

Greenman Shrine

greenman shrine

  I have a small coterie of good friends who are kind enough to give me editing or copyediting feedback on my novels.  I try to give them some piece of art in exchange for their time.  Three of my fellow Clarionites (Clarion Writer’s Workshop, San Diego 2007) read my upcoming book MULBERRY WANDS and …

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