Usually you here ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Today, we are telling you ashes to ashes and dust to art.
Raven Collins maybe the only artist who uses ashes as a medium in her paintings. It is a new fad to use ashes in artwork, but most artists are using it in abstract works such as sculptures or as pencil lead. Raven takes the ashes and adds them to artwork as she creates pictures of the deceased. She does both pets and people.
Although she just started doing this type of work it is a booming business with 90 percent of her work being commissioned pictures of loved ones that have passed on.
She takes the ashes that are given to her and using a mortar mixes crushes them with her paints. Then using a q-tip she adds them into the picture somewhere such as a lapel, the hair or in a corner, but never on the face.
If you are interested in a loved ones picture using asses the price tag runs from $200-300.00.
Learn Something Fun: Cremation dates to at least 20,000 years ago in the archaeological record with the Mungo Lady, the remains of a partly cremated body found at Mungo Lake, Australia.