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Trash to treasure

There is something so satisfying about taking a piece of cardboard and turning it into something treasured and pretty.

This exercise is that simple, it's just taking a piece of cardboard from the back of a pad of paper or a used box, cutting it to the shape you want, then adding collage and paint.  

Your shrine can be personal to you. Feel free to add anything you would like to your piece.  It can be traditional or kitschy or somewhere in between. 

I started off with a piece of thick cardboard.  Using a pencil, I sketched out a basic shape, making sure the sides were the same size. I then carefully used an x-acto knife to cut it out of the cardboard. Once it was cut into the shape I wanted I added a layer of vintage paper.  I then sanded the edges.  Then, I added the Lady of Guadalupe image and started to paint over some of the areas using acrylic paint.  

Once I was completely finished with the piece I decided to add a layer of the leftover paint from my palette.  This made the whole piece look aged and grungier.  I then took my glue stick and added a line of glue to the border around the cardboard shrine. Using gold leaf sheets I added a little bit of gold leaf to the edges. 

I also used these Metallic Watercolor paints to paint some gold onto the shrine.  

The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.  - Rabindranath Tagore

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