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Monday, 30 July 2018

Shrine to female botanists

I posted the tag accordion last night just after midnight so it looks like I have been super prolific today! I made this today but I am still thinking of nature themes. I wanted to join in with A Vintage Journey this month. I started with a stamp. I love this thoughtful looking Victorian woman surrounded by fossils and plants. She reminds me of all those amazing lady botanists who never gained recognition for their work but whose discoveries lie demurely hidden within the publications of many famous male botanists. Like Ellen Hutchins who is considered the first female botanist in Ireland, or Jeanne Baret a botanist who was the first woman to sail around the globe. if you are interested in finding out more about them I have put links below. The sentiment I settled on was by Richard L Ratliff:

"I tend the flowers of my mind
Watering our memories as they bloom"

These words seemed perfect for all those women who persevered in developing their minds and enriching their lives despite the way women in those days were discouraged from taking their 'work' seriously. Once I had settled on this subject and stamp. I wanted to make a sort of shrine to these inspiring ladies. My husband cut out three base pieces for me in plywood and I cut three sheets of book paper to use as my background papers.

I had great fun dipping the paper in puddles of distress ink and infusions to create three backgrounds. I used my lovely new stencil by Sheena Douglass. I used some crackle paste on the left panel. On the right hand panel I use Paperartsy grunge paste.

this image is of the finished panel

The centre panel I simply used for the stamped image. While these dried off I stained my base panels with a dark brown distress stain and then some Distress metallic stain. I ended up covering this up later!

I used Washi tape to create hinges for the shrine.

I stamped the fossil lady onto the centre piece with black archival ink and added a bit of the tree branches from a Tim Holtz tree stamp onto the right panel to balance the strong black out a little. While everything was drying I printed out my sentiment with the computer and tore it into strips. I coloured these pieces in puddles of wet distress ink and edged them with a little brown distress so they would blend into the background a little. Once all the ink and paste was dried I glued on my decorated papers and  the sentiment pieces. I added rock candy crackle paint pretty much all over. You can see it created a great shine and texture. It also intensified the colours of the ink which were quite dingy when I first inked the paper.

I finished off the edges with treasure gold because lets face it a shrine has to have a little gold.

I just made it in time to join in with A Vintage Journey for their July Challenge  Get Sentimental
Im also going to join in with Love to create who say Anything Goes this month Challenge #10

Products Used:
Stamps - Paperartsy Ink & the Dog Collection A6 Petals Plate 3 and Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Regal Findings
Stencil - Sheena Douglass Wild Foliage
Sizzix Tim Holtz movers and shapers dies -  Mini Vintage Cabinet Card
Treasure Gold Renaissance
Distress ink - Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twigs,
Paperartsy Infusions in Rusty car
Paperartsy Grunge paste
Deco Art Crackle paste
V&A Floral Washi tape
Tim Holtz Rock Candy crackle paint
Tim Holtz Distress stain in Ground Espresso and Antiqued Bronze
Book pages from an old book on fly fishing

If you are interested you can read more about Ellen Hutchins here and Jeanne Baret here


  1. Thank you Amanda for your visit on my That`s Crafty blogpost- I had to go see , whom you are, and what you create, and wow, I love your accordion piece. So love the woman in the middle of your beautiful nature . So glad to meet you .
    Dorthe x

  2. You too Dorthe, thank you for visiting. x Amanda

  3. I just love that you dedicated your accordion shrine to those forgotten female botanists and the image you chose is beautiful. The backgrounds you created are gorgeous too. I really love this beautiful piece of art!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Get Sentimental challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  4. This is so lovely, Amanda! Since I love to garden this is right up my ally! The colors and crackle on this are gorgeous! big thanks to your husband for helping you out with those plywood arches. I looked at all your pretty pics before reading your post and kept thinking to myself 'how did she get those to look like real wood?". Tee Hee! Great projects and many thanks for joining in our Get Sentimental challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs!

  5. What a lovely tag accordion Amandal! Love the glossy grackle finish and wonderful colors - so pretty with the stenciling and stampings - thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey!

  6. Stunning colours and distressed textures - and the words really capture the mood too. Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  7. Thank you Sara, Julia and Alison, always a pleasure to join A Vintage Journey. x Amanda

  8. I know this is late, but I wanted to express well deserved congratulations on being one of our Pinworthies from our last challenge! Hugs!