“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Empress

Happy fourth of July!

Because we're in the very thick of summer, and because I have a pumpkin heart,
 I long for Halloween!
 For windy nights, candied apples, haunted houses
and scary stories.
 The shops are just now adding Fall to their shelves:)
Which makes me very happy.

One Halloween night, many years ago
 I had my fortune read to me with tarot cards.
I was told I was going to get married within seven years
 (which I doubted VERY much since I had recently divorced)
 and I'd be moderately happy.
Two children were also predicted.
One more thing,  I was going to live till the age of 83.
Well,  it all came to be, except for that last part, haha, I'll let you know!

 I've created a new project using Lisa Kettell designs reflecting a bit of the
fortune telling aspect.

This is my version of 'The Empress' tarot card.

small blank canvas
bees wax: plain and assorted colors
decorative scrapbook paper in contrasting designs and colors
 sheet music
plain white card stock
paper flowers in different sizes
star shaped glitter
fine glitter
jeweled brooch
doll dress
glittered alphabet/number stickers
glitter moon sticker
glass bead
white glue 
glue sticks
glue gun
heat gun
 acrylic paint in assorted colors

prepare your canvas by covering it in one sheet of scrapbook paper
add contrasting paper in clumps and chunks:) how ever you like.
melt beeswax over canvas using heat gun
add paper flowers and butterfly to hot melted wax (be careful!)

paint china doll head as desired, add paper flowers and jeweled brooch, set aside
cover doll dress in white glue, arrange onto the canvas, molding it to the shape you like most.
I found this old dress at a garage sale, 
but I think you could probably find something at 
thrift or dollar stores.
sprinkle star glitter and fine glitter on dress while it's still wet
cut out simple hand shapes from the cardstock
glue to end of sleeves
paint dowel brown and gold
hot glue glass bead to tip
glue to canvas
add glitter moon
hot glue china doll head to canvas
cut out banner shape from sheet music
use glitter alphabet to label card
add the number three to top corner.

beeswax can be found at craft stores
you can use beeswax sheets that are naturally dyed
check out Lisa Kettell's blog and artfire store for more inspiration.

Let me know if you created your own tarot card, I'd like to have a challenge sometime this month, 
(with a chance to win some goodies from Lisa Kettell) 

It wont be long now till the shadows get longer and the days get shorter!
For now, lets try to enjoy this holiday.
I'm headed outdoors to have cold sherbert-y drinks and watch the fireworks:)
Be safe...
See you soon!




  1. Aw! She's enchanting! I've never had my fortune read via tarot cards. I don't think I'd want to know my future!

  2. I loved reading of your visit with the tarot reader. Guess she knew her stuff! ;) Love your Empress - what a fun piece! So bright and colorful!

  3. She is gorgeous...enchanting as someone else said! I love everything you create my friend! Happy summer!


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