Cortez, Florida assemblage

Cortez, FL shrine by lenna
I have held onto this ATC sized "Dream Box" (aka nicho) from ARTchix Studio for some time; I bought it before we moved to Florida. Yesterday, I was itching to do something different and thought an assemblage in this nicho illustrating my new life in Florida would be just the ticket! 

I have seen so many unusual birds since arriving here from CT; I used one of the Bird themed Art Blast playing cards from ARTchix Studio and added some shells I’ve gathered on the beach. I also used a piece of coconut palm tree fiber (on the bottom under the door). This stuff falls off the trees in my yard a lot and looks like some type of fabric. I have been wanting to use it in my art for a while and this is a start . . .

Steven found the feather for me on one of his many canoeing trips. I used E6000 glue to hold the feather, shells and coconut palm tree fiber to the metal, and I could not resist a splash of stardust glitter -like the sparkle of the water here. I attached the ART Blast playing card to a piece of open weave handmade paper, but the card & paper can be easily removed should I want to open the glass door and change the shrine. I could put in an ATC I made (one of my ocean themed ones would be great!) or perhaps a photo. Click on any picture here for a larger photo and more details.

lenna young andrews - april 20th, 2010