Andrea Matus deMeng

Inspired by the daguerreotype of days gone by we’re going to create our own mystical images of forgotten ancestors whose photos have been lost to Davy Jones locker.

In this one-day workshop we’ll capture the spirit of a lost soul and create a beautiful and portable reliquary for our new guest. Using an abandoned cigarette case as our container, we’ll integrate collage, transparencies and found objects into a work of art as exquisite as it is haunting. We’ll complete the look with faux patinas to really make it feel as though are piece has been lost at sea for a millennium. How you choose to use your reliquary is of course up to you.

Supply List:

A few of your favourite images (old cabinet card style photos work well) Your class kit will include a full sheet of images so need to go overboard with this.

A couple of your favourite images printed out on acetate (transparency film) – I will also provide a couple of these images but if you want to use your own images bring them along.

A few found object-y things, we are working fairly small, so think about things like keyholes, gears, small brass findings, little wings, eyeballs, little dolly bits, buttons, lace, etc., you get the idea

Paintbrushes– bring just a few in different sizes and one better quality detail brush.

Palette & Water Container

Aves Epoxy Clay 

Paints (a selection of your favourite artist quality paints, at least one red, yellow, blue, black and white, plus a couple more of your favourites)


Your usual marking making tools (pencils, markers, etc.)


Kit Includes: $25

  • Latched Cigarette Case – size is roughly 3.7”X3.8” by 0.7” deep for image reference
  • Small piece of mica
  • Piece of matte board
  • Acetate with imagery
  • A small package of collage materials
  • Use of texture plates
  • Use of specialty adhesives
  • Use of specialty paint colours and mediums to achieve faux patinas