I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, in Pasadena, a few weeks ago to try to find some steampunk art supplies. My head was spinning from all the stuff that was there. I have a few projects coming up with a steampunk theme and wanted to see what was out there. If you have not heard of steampunk, think....Johnny Depp, Edward Scissor Hands, Sleepy Hollow, or Jim Carrey's Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events....It's vintage, futuristic past, victorian sci-fi, speculative fiction...etc...
Anyway, I was walking around the flea market with my twelve year old son when, all of a sudden, I felt his arm fiercely swing towards me, stopping me in mid motion, nearly giving me a heart attack. He said, "stop! I think I found the one...." his eyes twinkling and glazed, looking in the direction of a small crowd....I looked over in the direction and saw a scantily dressed teen girl. BOYS!!! always looking at girls....you'd think I would be used to this by now, I've got two very "impressionable" boys.
This time, I thought I'd do the same thing to him to get a reaction, hahaha (wickedly laughing). As we walked by a different aisle, some time later, I stopped him in mid motion. I swung my arm, just like he did to me, and in a loud voice I said, "STOP! OMGosh! I THINK I FOUND THE ONE" he looked confused and a little terrified as he looked at the young salesman in the booth. "....aaah.....Mom??!!!?" I heard him say in a shaky voice as I walked straight past the salesman and reached for a steampunk image inside the booth. Once he realized I was talking about the image, not the salesman, he started breathing again and said, "Mom, that is NOT cool!". The look on his face was priceless!
Moral of the story; watch what you say to your mamma!!!
I will have some steampunk ATC artwork in a few months to show you but for now, I want to show you this Frida Kahlo "Dia De Los Muertos" Day of the Dead shrine I made a while back. Day of the Dead is November first and second and is celebrated throughout Mexico. It's a day to celebrate those who have passed. You can read more about it here. I just recently started celebrating it, no one in my family ever did so I wasn't sure what it was at first. One of my neighbors had a big Day of the Dead party four years ago and I wasn't sure what it was or what to expect. It was all so well thought out that the experience left me wanting to celebrate every year thereafter.
Do you celebrate Day of the Dead?
Here's the back part of the shrine, I just glued some pink paper to the wood back piece of a wooden display frame. You can get the frame at an arts supply store. I added a Frida image inside an embossed shrine. To get step by step directions on embossing, go here. I also added some doves I got at a craft store.
I used these two rubber stamps for my images;
I got the shrine from Inkadinkado and the Frida image from Stampotique
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Great and very creative work, I lake it Maria!ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend, kisses:)
Love it! And glad to see you blogging again - I feel like I've missed you recently. I just bought a very cool Frida skeleton for Dias.ReplyDelete
I love what you did to your son - way too funny!!ReplyDelete
Cool! I really like that!ReplyDelete
Have a fantastic weekend!!!
Oh my gosh-this is fantastic, Maria!!! WOW! I love what you did and I adore Frida Kahlo, so what a gorgeous creation this is, my friend!ReplyDelete
Fantastic creation! Have a fantastic weekend. Hugs, KimReplyDelete
Glad to see you back! And your boys - oh are they cute!ReplyDelete
beautiful frame-love the images!ReplyDelete
I love the way you made it look like a window with shutters! Cool!ReplyDelete
i am very interested in the idea of doing a day of the dead shrine. yours is incredibly gorgeous and very inspirational. xoReplyDelete
Hi Maria...we love those embarrassing moments too. Love your shrine! Very cool. We embarrassed our son the other evening in front of his new/first girlfriend. We were in the car going out to eat and my husband mentioned how his favorite show was I Carly! (which it is not) it's a girl show LOL! My son was not happy with my husband at all! Have a good day.ReplyDelete
I'll be featuring you in the next few weeks!!! I don't know when yet!!
Come take a look--You are one of my featured guests!!
Hi, can you tell the name and number of that Inkadinkado stamp? I can't find it on their site, or anywhere else online....Thanks!ReplyDelete
Hi, can you tell me the name and number of that Inkadinkado stamp? I can't find it on their website or anywhere else....Thanks!ReplyDelete
Hi, unfortunately the stamp has been retired. I looked for it online and tgis is all I found: http://www.sierra-enterprises.com/90040.htmReplyDelete
The UPC code is 7251894117 Product no: 94117 The official name of the rubber stamp is: Frida's Altar wood mounted rubber stamp, Tin Can Mail by Inkadinkado. Maybe you can find it on ebay? Good luck!