Sunday 17 June 2018

2018 Topic 11: Enshrined {Topic Introduction and Challenge}

 2018 Topic 11: Enshrined

Heather Campbell

Well hello everyone, Darcy here with our latest topic. After a week of brand new releases to get you all fired up and inspired i am sure you are ready to dive into a new topic with all those fabulous new stamps. 

So what does enshrined mean? well according to the dictionary  it is this " to place (a revered or precious object) in an appropriate receptacle"  thankfully that is pretty open to interpretation. You can use anything at all as the receptacle, and what you consider to be precious is a very personal thing, so again it could be absolutely anything. 

Perhaps you treasure religious icons or you have a favourite animal, or a piece of jewellery? I know people that have collections of beautiful (real and unworn) shoes in glass cabinets, this collection would be very much classed as enshrined. Perhaps you revere an actor or singer, or inventor? Personally I am wondering how I can build a shrine to cake!


Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 10: Paper Dolls Challenge...

The winner is: Macarena from Macarena Creative

Email Darcy to claim your prize.

For as long as mankind has worshipped or held in reverence any form of deity, ancestor or martyr, there have been shrines. We mainly think of them as having been traditionally religious, but they were around before organised religions existed, some cultures have always built shrines for family members, or leaders of their tribe. 

Shrines are traditionally heavily decorated, but from an art point of view anything goes, so your shrines may be decorated and colourful or minimal and understated. You can go bold, bright and modern or use vintage,muted colours. Use any substrates and any theme. 

A fun theme here is Alice in Wonderland. 

Jools Robertson
Another modern twist on a shrine to a family member here, it used to be that shrines were for ancestors, but how about one for your mum on Mother's Day.

Kathy Cano-Murillo
Another fabulously bright and colourful shrine now for the Day of the Dead celebrations.


Shrines do not need to be large, I adore these tiny papier mache matchbox shrines.

Sarah Campbell
 Other small substrates include tins,  the easiest ones to find are sardine tins. The colours used here are so pretty and delicate.

Debrina Pratt

Revered elements are often put on pedestals, like this sweet bunny. 

Debrina Pratt
Or this one, dedicated to all things haberdashery, so many details, carefully placed to ad height and texture. 

Patter Cross

Carol Owen creates wonderful shrines that she calls Spirit Houses, here is just one but there are lots on her website,she also has an excellent book with instructions on how to build them from foam core board. (Crafting Personal Shrines)

Carol Owen 
Halloween isn't far away, how about creating a little spooky shrine to stand in the window. 

Shelly Hickox

This is  a fun piece, a shrine to the moon, with such cute little houses. 

Nichola Battilana
I think this next one might be my favourite, not only has this artist create a shrine to her trip to London, she has used a suitcase as the substrate. What an amazing idea, you can decorate it, create the shrine on all sides and the top... AND then fill it with mementos an treasures!

Kathy -Cano Murillo

This project is not a traditional looking shrine, no box shape, no bright colours, but I feel it is absolutely a shrine, an could be used to honour family members. I love the simplicity. 

Edwina Bridgeman
Now for a shrine to the sea fairies, stunning colour palette, so peaceful. 


Finally how about some jewellery, shrines can be tiny and wearable. 

Debby Anderson
Some gorgeous examples, I think you will agree. So have they inspired you? collect all your treasures and favourite bits and create a special place for them. We can't wait ti see what you create, have fun and link up your projects for us to see. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy and Leandra's Pinterest boards if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! 
I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!

~ Darcy

To join our challenge and win a NEW Zinski apron:
Simply make something arty relevant to the topic, and link your creation from any social URL (eg. Instagram, Pinterest, Blog Post etc) sharing your original make to this challenge page.

The current topic link Topic 11: Enshrined will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 1st 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

All links go in the draw to win a PaperArtsy creative apron. Please make sure we can contact you as a prize winner - it helps if you share your contact info from the platform you opt to use.

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!


Etsuko said...

Wow!! This is my favorite theme Darcy! and fabulous samples. Well done to Macarena. xx

Miriam said...

Fabulous topic.... Really love the inspiration you've found!

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

awesome and very interesting theme :) love the examples shared. thanks for the inspiration

Hazel Agnew said...

Just catching up after my holiday. Some really exciting ideas Darcy. Love them all. Xx

Hazel said...

This challenge really had me racking my brains til I remembered the shadow boxes I got from the charity shop and bingo I got my shrine!!! So glad I follow this blog as its really pushed me artistically,
Love n hugs
H xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Some amazing ideas on here Darcy. Got me thinking now! Xx

Anonymous said...

I love these...till you got me thinking in terms of idolitry & graven image. Now it feels wrong