Tending to the Pilot Light Day of the Dead Shrines

As requested, we made Day of the Dead shrines AGAIN!  A perfect activity for this time of year.  Here are a bunch more pictures of the AMAZING work my students have produced in just a few hours!

Notice the stamp on the inside left panel... perfect, eh? Thomas Howe, do you read this blog? You always use the most interesting stamps on your mailings (and I save every one)!!

Here is the outside of the same Pirate-themed shrine made out of an Altoids tin!

This is a large piece, full of details and color....

And look at this happy fellow basking in the shade on top!

This is a great composition, two halves of the whole, split twice... lovely arrangement.

A close up of the side...

Another petite composition assembled in an Altoids Tin, complete with roses, tea cup, pearls and pretty bows 

Here is the outside of the tin, decorated with layers of tissue paper and hand written music.

Check out this splendid tower - multi levels of creativity and imagery

Even more decoration and sparkle on the back side

These calm images grace the inside of a slender cd mailer tin

Beautiful work from beautiful people.

Here's a new shrine (to fashion?) I made during this week's classes and a few original skeletons made of pipe cleaners....

Here's a Frida Kahlo Skeleton to go with my costume for work on the 31st...

Here's one more skeleton

See her cute bustle?

Here is what I've been designing agonizing over this week:

The Holiday Art Fair poster... I wanted to make something evocative of winter shopping... that chill in the air, that cozy shops beckoning you inside, that downtown Lawrence Feel... here is the first stage...

I designed it with white paint on black to A. save money on printing, and B. because I have finally started my October Dress Up Challenge (Steampunk) and was really happy with the way my clock details were coming out on the black paper...

Here is a pretty close to final version... It will probably be tweaked some more, but at least I am past both the staring-at-the-blank -page phase... AND, the I've-worked-allllll-day-on-this-and-it's-garbage-phase!  Thanks to Elsie, Brennan and Amanda for your excellent feedback... SHAZAAAAAAAMMMM

This week in Tending to the Pilot Light, we will be making Yarn Wrapped Wreaths!  Join us for some crafty fun!

best to you


  1. I really like the final version of the HAF poster. Great work! Nice shrines, too!

  2. Olá passei para ver as novidades. Você está muito bem como Frida rsrsr.Abraços.


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