Artist Raven Collins of Florida has found a whole new portrait medium: cremated ashes.  Collins creates sketches of the deceased on commission, with their cremated remains brushed into the artwork.  She says other artists have mixed cremation ashes into art, but she’s believes she’s the first to use them to sketch the actual person.  She said, “I try to think outside the box.”

- Outside the pine box, that is. 

- Nothing says, “I’ll always love you” than mixing your dead grandpa with some acrylic paint and hanging him over the fireplace.  

- The pictures don’t look that great… all the subjects have kind of an ashen complexion.