Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox


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We've 2 posts today on the That's Crafty! blog. The first is a truly stunning book box from Carol Fox and the second is from Laura Holland, featuring a sneaky peak of some new That's Crafty! items coming soon.

Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox

There is a legend that if you can manage to capture a piece of a soul as one is dying it can be stored in a ceramic heart until such time as suitable vessel can be found to house it. The ceremony has to be performed at a certain time in the celestial calendar that occurs only every five years. Therefore the heart must be stored in a safe and hidden place. I found such a hiding place when I took over the management of a large library.
As soon as I found it I knew what it was, the hollowed out book with the overly ornate cover and the warning on the front made my heart race as I opened it with trepidation, expecting to find it empty of it’s hidden treasure.

But it was complete, but it had been sealed never to be used for its intended purpose. The heart sealed with a sacred cross so the evil within could never walk the earth again, a blessed jewelled icon added above the hidden heart, and an iron coil added to tether it to the earth forever, further condemning the enclosed the soul to a lonely purgatory.

You can see how I made my Book of Souls in my YouTube video

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Carol x

Listen to the Waves by Laura Holland

It’s been an absolute pleasure to take part in this collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts team and it gave me the chance to use the Relics and Artifacts for the first time and it certainly won't be the last! They are so smooth and are a joy to paint.

First I assembled the shrine and then gave it a very quick coat of gesso. I then painted DecoArt Texture Sand on the back and sides of the shrine and when this was dry, I used Prima White Sand Paste through the Dinky Fossil stencil. The Prima Sand Paste is nice and thick and holds its shape really well, so was perfect for creating the fossils.

Next I painted the front panel of the shrine with an aquamarine shimmer paint (coming soon!) and when dry, I brushed on some Pentart Crackle Medium. Once the crackle glaze was dry, I painted on a medium to thick coat of an ivory acrylic paint and waited for the cracks to appear!

While waiting for the magic to happen, I painted the shells from the Relics and Artifacts Coquille set. I used black gesso on the largest shell, leaving the inside the natural resin colour and painted the outside edge and back black. I also painted one of the smaller shells with the black gesso and left the other 2 small shells natural. I gave the unpainted shells a coat of Prima Art Alchemy Paint Opal Magic in Violet-Green and the gessoed shells a coat of Pink-Blue. These paints are brilliant for getting a different effect when using the same colour but a different base colour. I then used a patina paint set from Pentart on another of the shells and one of the small icons.

Next I stamped Marina (who is from one of our 2 new stamp sets that will be launched very soon) onto stamping card with Memento Ink and then embossed her with clear gloss embossing powder. I coloured her in with a mixture of Distress Markers and shimmer paints and then cut her out. I cut the seahorse off from her hair and stamped and embossed him again and coloured him in with a mixture of two colours of shimmer paint.

I then moved onto the inside of the shrine. I painted this with the paints from the patina kit, graduating the colours as I moved down the shrine. I spritzed it with water and then blended the colours more. When this was dry, I stamped and embossed the fish and coloured them in with Posca pens. I then stamped and embossed some phrases from the Marina stamp set onto the front of the crackled shrine and then it was ready to add all my elements.

I glued some Prima Art Stones to the bottom of the shrine and added a large pearl to the center of one of the shells. Another two of the shells were glued to the bottom corners of the front of the shrine and the patinated shell and icon were glued to the top. Next I glued Marina to the largest shell and popped her in place in the shrine. The seahorses were added to the front and for the finishing touch, I added some netting to the front of the shrine.


Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints – Opal Magic Pink-Blue, Violet-Green

Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see the fabulous project from Milagros.

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  1. Two fabulous projects from two amazing creators

  2. Two amazing pieces. and fantastic use of the Relics.

  3. Oh Carol I was watching with one eye open whilst you were cutting into that book..! So creative along with its legendary background.. I'm loving those sneak peeks Laura. Both creations making the most of those Relic & Artifact embellishments

  4. What a story Carol, brilliant project every bit of it!
    Laura your project is fantastic your use of Coquille is amazing and I loved seeing what's coming as well!

  5. Two wonderful creations. Thank you for sharing ladies xx

  6. Two wonderful creations. Thank you for sharing ladies xx

  7. 2 wonderful projects, so different but great use of the products. Very inspiring! Xx

  8. Two fabulous works of art. The first so dark and mysterious; the second so bright and fun!!

  9. 2 really lovely projects today! Both so imaginative and inspiring and making such excellent use of the Relics and Artifacts and That's Crafty products! x

  10. These are both absolutely beautiful ladies. So much detail to them and love the shimmering paints.
    Fliss xx

  11. 2 Stunning pieces of art - yummy layers on both too x

  12. Both fabulous, love the commentary Carol and Donna's new stamps look brilliant on your make Laura
    Amanda x

  13. LOVE both fantastic creations, wow the second day is just as brilliant as the first ;)
    Donna xx

  14. Both are awesome!! This collaboration really has my creativity flowing!

  15. Both are awesome!! This collaboration really has my creativity flowing!

  16. What a treat, to have two projects - amazing creativity from both of you. Laura, it's a pity you don't have time to create more often :)
    Carol, Bravo to you for cutting into the book with such precise results, it looks incredible and Laura, love the use of those R&As with Donna's stamps.
    Off to visit Milagros post now xx

  17. Both of these are awesome! I am loving Carol's story and her video is fabulous too and Laura's step by step is brilliant! What a super cool post! xxx

  18. fantastic inspiration from Carol and Laura. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  19. Two amazing projects - stunning texture and ideas inside and out - full of inspiration.
    Alison x

  20. OK, you had me fooled on those shells! I thought the Oyster behind the mermaid was real! Two fabulous projects! Love the crackle with the shimmer paint peeking out. Carol, your book is amazing! Lovely texture and rust!

  21. 2 fantastic projects! Loving that patina, must grab the set. Thanks so much for sharing these pieces and your techniques here.

  22. Carol,
    I Adore the placement of the figure and wings!! And your rust finish is absolutely authentic!! Stunning work!

  23. Laura,
    I Adore mermaids and your is divine!! I'm loving the finishes you've created for the Relics shells!! Thank you for joining us in this fun challenge!! Oh yes, your little fishes in the background are wonderful!!!

  24. Both pieces are absolutely incredible!!
    Carol, reading your text as I looked at the photos, I had goosebumps, because my imagination was running wold! lol
    And Laura, I just love mermaids and the shrine you created for yours is wonderful!!

    Both are so inspiring ladies- thank you so much for sharing!!
    Jackie xx


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