Assemblage Art ~ A Queen’s GamesThis reliquary features a weathered Italian playing card as its relic. The cover paper is also based on a vintage deck of cards. I knew I wanted one of my reliquaries to use the queen of clubs and to overflow with the color red. I didn’t know what I was going to use for the female image on the right, until I found this picture in a very old magazine. It was washed out, so I scanned and enhanced it in Photoshop and used colored pencils to bring out the colors. There are so many found objects in this reliquary. It was a lot of fun putting together the elements of this assemblage art all together.
Aunt Eleanor finally was able to take her dream trip to Europe when she was fifty-three. A nurse all her life, she had spent her adult years caring for others and had never married. Her favorite country abroad was Italy, which is where she found an old weatherbeaten deck of cards at an open-air market one warm summer morning. She gave the deck to me.
The dancer in this reliquary balances on a golden glittered sphere. The gold painted columns are wound with red satin cord and red satin roses are strewn around the base. A black curtain embossed with red glitter hangs about the dancer’s head.
The Queen of Clubs is the relic for this piece. It is adhered to an old bingo card with diamond shaped brads. A golden hand of fate dangling a rusty star helps to hold up the card. The background is red and gold paper. The cover of this assemblage art is decorated in paper with an old playing card design, a satin red ribbon, shiny button, and a golden glittered spade.