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« on: June 22, 2013 11:35:21 AM »

This is another shrine I made for pinkleo in the Shrine Swap, and was based off her request for “anything Shakespeare related”.  



The base is an ATC Shrine Kit from Tiny Things are Cute, along with the tiny books and tiny tankard.  I painted, stamped, and “shimmered” the shrine base pieces before assembly.  (I have to say that Linda Cain's tutorial over on FRIENDS in Art was incredibly helpful!)  The image of Shakespeare himself is actually a vintage cigarette card from 1924.  Yep, it’s just about 90 years old! The crown on Shakespeare and the one on the skull, as well as the “play” charm, pawn, heart lock, stone owl, letter beads and skull bead all came out of my stash. The scroll of paper at the top reads, “He was not of an age, but for all time,” which is a quote about Shakespeare by fellow playwright Ben Johnson.  




Many of the items in the shrine are references to famous lines from Shakespeare’s plays.

Crown on Shakespeare:
“My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy. – Henry IV

Crown on skull:
“Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have
Immortal longings in me. Now no more
The juice of Egypt’s grape shall moist this lip.” – Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra

Heart: “A heart to love, and in that heart, Courage, to make love known” – Macbeth

Skull: “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him.” - Hamlet

Pawn: "My life I never held but as a pawn to wage against thy enemies” – Kent, King Lear

Tankard: “I would give my fame for a pot of ale and safety” – King Henry V (my very favorite Shakespeare play)

Shell: “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” – Juliet, Romeo & Juliet

Owl: “Believe me love it was the owl,” which is actually from the film Shakespeare in Love Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013 11:48:08 AM »

This is so amazing. I love every well thought out detail.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013 11:53:02 AM »

Whoa, it's awesome! The bard would be proud.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013 12:01:51 PM »

Thank you ladies!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013 12:49:51 PM »

this is amazing!....love!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013 01:49:53 PM »

lol.  I knew the skull was a reference to Hamlet.  Grin

I absolutely love this!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013 01:58:44 PM »

Thank you friends!
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013 03:05:06 PM »

Nailed it! Superb work, jennie.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013 03:54:24 PM »

Your Shrine is awesome!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013 03:47:22 AM »

I love the composition of this piece; it's so well thought out and well put together. Good work!
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013 04:59:09 AM »

Thank you ladies!
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2013 07:00:59 AM »

I just posted accolades on your other shrine not having seen this one.  Is there an emoticon where the eyes bug out? Your partner was very blessed.
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013 01:09:31 PM »

This turned out wonderfully!
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013 02:04:24 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013 06:45:12 PM »

OMGoodness!!! Shocked  I wish you could have been here when I unwrapped this piece.  You would have seen my huge grin, heard my loud squeeees, and receive ((HUGS)).  It truly is better in real life.  This shrine is just A.MAZ.ING!!!!  You have made my shrine dreams come true!!  Thank you so much dear jennie. Kiss  I only pray you like your shrines half as much as I LOVE mine.
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2013 06:03:01 AM »

You are so very welcome!  I contemplated asking for a list of favorite plays, but was afraid it would give the game away.  I knew Hamlet and R&J were on there, so I just went from that.  Cheesy

And I'm sure I'll love and adore your shrines my dearest girl!
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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2013 01:51:28 PM »

Oh wow, I love this! Everything goes so well together!
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2013 01:07:34 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2013 10:03:05 AM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
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This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2013 11:21:20 AM »

This is a fantastic project.  Great job!
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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2013 06:40:41 AM »

This is one of my favorite shrines ever...you have put such lovely details in with excellent execution!  I keep coming back to look at it...knowing that you put a lot of thought into this project just makes it so much more special...great job...thanks for sharing this wonderful shrine!
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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2013 06:44:22 AM »

Thank you so much alwaysinmyroom!
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2013 09:11:06 AM »

What an amazing shrine. All the thought that went into it and your attention to detail is wonderful! I love it jennie!
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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2013 11:40:13 AM »

Thank you cackle!!!  I really was inspired by the fantastic things I see you, phizzychick, & knickertwist post in the papercrafts board all the time.  Every I see a new project by one of you I gush over it!   
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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2013 11:48:47 AM »

Thank you cackle!!!  I really was inspired by the fantastic things I see you, phizzychick, & knickertwist post in the papercrafts board all the time.  Every I see a new project by one of you I gush over it!   

You're a peach! Thanks for being so generous and kind.  Kiss
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This is so neat! I love all the little details, it'd obvious you put a lot of care and thought into this. And such a great subject matter, I am just totally in love with this!

Do you have any tips for making shrines like this? I've tried in the past but they always end up looking, well, a bit sad and silly. Kind of thrown together no matter how much I try to make it look good!
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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2013 05:59:57 AM »

This is so neat! I love all the little details, it'd obvious you put a lot of care and thought into this. And such a great subject matter, I am just totally in love with this!

Do you have any tips for making shrines like this? I've tried in the past but they always end up looking, well, a bit sad and silly. Kind of thrown together no matter how much I try to make it look good!

My honest advice is to to stalk the papercrafting boards to see the work of cackle, knickertwist & phizzychick, who make amazing things.  And to look around the web for tutorials by other shrine makers.  Be inspired by (but of course don't copy), the work of other artists, and if you search long enough you'll find one whose aesthetic is in line with what you're trying to go for.  Also, don't settle for the first thing you find to add into the shrine.  Look around the world around you and you'll find things everywhere.  And be passionate and inspired by the subject matter of the shrine you're making.  Both my partner and I love Shakespeare, and I work professionally in theatre, so it was a good fit for both of us, but if I wasn't into it, the shrine wouldn't have come out half so well.
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