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In Memory of Our Fur Babies

May 26 E
Today in the USA is Memorial Day, a day of remembering those who have died in military service.  I am also having a memorial for my dog of 17 years who transitioned this past January.  I’m still heavily grieving.  She was my fur baby and graced me and everyone she came in contact with with pure love.  If you’ve ever lost a beloved pet, you understand how deep the grieving can go.  After the tutorial is a lovely poem that helps the aching.

Wonderful Art Materials Used
-Mini Shrine bought about 5 years ago from ARTchix
-Inka Gold Paint in Steel Blue
-Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Key Lime
-beloved trinkets & photo and shiny faux diamond sticker and artificial flowers
May 26 B

Step 1
I applied 2 coats of the Inka Gold Paint with my hands wearing a glove.  The texture is wonderful!  One of my all-time favorite paints is Golden’s heavy body acrylics because of the thick texture.  The Inka Gold may have surpassed them.  The thick creamy beeswax-ish consistency is heavenly.  The paint easily stuck to the metal shrine. AND THE VIBRANT color is jaw-dropping!  I love love love this product.

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Step 2 and etc
After the blue dried, I added the Luminarte Silks in green with my gloved fingers and a brush. The Silks are cool too and I look forward to working with them a little more. Very different texture than the Inka Gold but stunning colors.

Then I added the meaningful details.  A photo of my girl when she was healthy and happy.  One of her many I.D. tags since she moved with us so much (including living with us in Paris!)  A heart to symbolize my love for her. The circle of lapis lazuli to represent the circle of life and that one day we will be reunited (see poem below).  The flowers and “diamonds” are reminders of her beauty and bright personality.
May 26 D

Today is a day of remembrance and honoring.  Who will you remember and honor?

The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse Legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

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