Apart from jokey fake press releases, I have never given you any insights into the shrine-making process. Ideally, I should make a process video at some stage, so you can see a RAPS from conception to finished product, but I thought I’d provide a little look behind the scenes today, garnished with a few pictures.
From the idea to the finalised shrine it usually takes about half a day. I keep constant track of ideas for shrines in my notebook. Sometimes I add a little sketch, and I brainstorm possible scenarios and the imagery I might want to use, just so I won’t forget them until I finally get to making the shrine. (see image right) Inspiration comes from scenes in RA’s work, suggestions from fellow shrine appreciators, images, jokes, mint tins I am given or buying, stickers and bits and pieces I am collecting.
Creating the shrine takes about half a day from start to finish, and the most time-consuming part of the process is actually finding suitable images. Choosing the ones that work best, resizing them to fit into the shrine, and printing them is a lengthy procedure, not least because I *always* get side-tracked into looking at pretty pictures and find it hard to make a decision. They all look great *hmph*. Sometimes I’ll go back to the source material, search for a particular scene, and take a screenshot of *exactly* the scenario that I need.
Since I am stingy, I always try to use as little of my precious photo paper and ink-jet ink as possible. It works out as more economical to actually fill a whole 5×7″ sheet of photo paper with images – even if I only need three particular images for a particular shrine. That is because my printer doesn’t like printing on paper that has been cut small. A lot of empty printer paper gets left over that way, and so I have gotten into the habit of printing extra images for future shrining purposes – you can see an example on the left.
Once the imagery is printed, I start cutting out the bits for the diorama part of the shrine. That can get very fiddly, depending on the size of the tin, and requires time and concentration. Assembling the RAPS, I usually start with the disco ball. I have to attach the disco ball beads to wire, which I then stick onto the side of the tin. Then I cover over the wire with tape or a piece of the background image. The actual scene of the shrine often changes while I am assembling it – when I come across little embellishments in my stash, or when a new idea crosses my mind. While the glue dries, I start on the bottom part of the shrine. If the outside of the lid is plain and has no printed decoration, I punch a couple of holes into it for the candle holders. Then I glue in the 2D picture and finish off with a few sparkly hearts on RA.
The last (and majorly enjoyable) part of the process is photographing the shrines. I usually just wing it with my set-up, but I have become increasingly annoyed with the results because more often than not, the images are blurry or grainy because I have to hand-hold the shot or shoot at high ISO. My plan is to actually create a proper light box that I can leave in situ, with the camera on a tripod so that I can shoot at 100 ISO without having to resort to large apertures (which leave parts of the object blurry).
Ok, long intro to say that today’s shrine was a quick one – because I had already printed the images recently when I was working on a previous shrine *hooray*. The inspiration came from two sources – the suggestion of a fellow fan, *and* the actual mint tin. (I think the tin was given to me by CraMERRY a couple of years ago… yep, about time that I used it…).
So, yeah, how do you put a Barkleys tin in context? There’s only one way:
Right, it’s perfect for a barking hot man…
This might appeal to the dog lovers among you out there. I’ll throw it in the auctions next week.
Hope you like.
And before I go, just to say that there have been more donations for the auctions. More information about the fundraiser – including some teasers about the objects on offer – coming up soon!