Creative Expressions Altered Shrine – Day of the Dead

I saw these fabulous little MDF shrines at the NEC Trade Show a few weeks ago, and was inspired to not only order some for the shop, but to also buy one myself. You can see John’s (and Heather’s) shrines here, here, and here!

Creative Expressions Day of the Dead Shrine

I assembled the shrine and coated with black gesso before adding a couple of coats of my favourite Dylusions acrylic paints. Once dry I added fabric and faux metal trims, liquid pearles, gems, Stickles, tiny skull beads, gilding wax….all the bling I could find to create my Mexican Day of the Dead inspired shrine.

Creative Expressions Day of the Dead Shrine

The centrepiece is a chipboard hand from an Art Parts set, painted, waxed and glittered before being glued in place.

Creative Expressions Day of the Dead Shrine

The stand is created from a large wooden spool topped with a tiny spool, gessoed, painted and blinged up like the shrine.


The back has a geometric mandala stamp from Visible Image, coloured with Promarkers and finished with a gem in the centre.

Visible Image stamps - Visometry

I love how this turned out – the vibrant colours and all the textures make it really tactile and eye catching!!

Creative Expressions Day of the Dead Shrine


I am entering the following challenges:

Create and Inspire – ATG (#41)

Crafting for all Seasons – Add Some Sparkle

Decorate To Celebrate – ATG

Forever Dark 2 – ATG

Artistic Inspirations – ATG

Not Just Cards – ATG

613 Avenue Create – ATG / All That Glitters

Love To Create – ATG Mixed Media

That Craft Place – ATG

Left of Centre – Big Eyes / Left of Center

Creative Artiste Mixed Media – ATG Mixed Media

Graphit Markers – Bright Colours Photo Inspiration

Julia Spiri – Anything but a Card


16 Replies to “Creative Expressions Altered Shrine – Day of the Dead”

  1. Thank you for joining in with the left of centers challenge #120 ‘big eyes’.

    Teresa this is AMAZING! I love the bright colours and the dimensional aspects to the make. That is one massive eye as well lol

    I hope you will continue to play along with more of our weekly challenges over on the left of centre challenge blog.

    ❤️ & hugs
    Lisa xxxx LOC DT Member

  2. Hey lovely lady, haven’t been here in a while, look at all this lovelieness I have missed…. Love this shrine and the beautiful bright colours. Love all the sparkle.

    Hugs Erin xx

  3. Hi, Back again with my DT hat on lol. A fabulous project, great colour scheme and lovely style and design. Thank you for joining us this fortnight at Crafting For All Seasons Good luck. We hope to see you again for our next challenge.
    Erin (Challenge Owner)

  4. This is really terrific, I love that created everything , the base, the stand, the front and back, the one EYE of course. Teresa, you did a super fabulous job here. Thanks for sharing with us at LOC.

  5. BEautiful project, full of gorgeous details and I love the vibrant colours you’ve used. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
    Claire xx

  6. Teresa, I am loving this ATC! It is colorful and original, and oh-so-artistic! Thanks so much for joining us at Julia Spiri challenge blog. Julie, DT member

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