Sunday, 23 February 2014

Nature’s Jewel by Lynne Moncrieff




This week I had fun with paperclay, creating a butterfly for the focal of my canvas, dipping into Twinkling H20s which brought a lovely iridescence to the canvas, suiting the theme of the butterfly.



Daler-Rowney Square canvas Canvas (a good substitute would be a PaperArtsy canvas)
Sequin Waste (or use a stencil)
Extras:- Vintage book page, sandpaper and a piece of painted paper



Starting with the butterfly:-

Use the Creative Paperclay with the butterfly mould. I allowed 3 full days for the butterfly to dry.

Adhere torn book pages to canvas with gel medium (use a brayer to ensure good adhesion). Distress the book text by gently sanding and rubbing with fingers to loosen the fibres. Apply a thin wash of Gesso randomly to the paper.

Create texture with the Texture paste and sequin waste. When dry randomly apply Twinkling H20s, heat set and apply a wash of Gesso. I repeated this process a few times.

Apply a wash of Gesso to the Prima bark circle followed with Twinkling H20s. Also paint the butterfly with the Twinkling H20s. Adhere to the bark circle.

Adhere to the canvas, layered onto a piece of prepared wax paper (leftover from a project I was working on, the colours were perfect for this canvas).



Until next week,




  1. Stunning piece Lynne, love the look of the paste for dimension too. ~Diane

  2. Such wonderful texture and shimmer - Fab!

  3. absolutely stunning Lynne - will have to look into some of those moulds - i only have very small ones xx

  4. A butterfly is certainly one of nature's most beautiful jewels and I love the butterfly you have created here - absolutely stunning in it's cloak of twinkling H2Os, on the beautiful textured background. Anne x

  5. I love the texture and the iridescence of this canvas, Lynne - how brilliantly you've used Sparkling H2Os. I am so very eager to try paper clay myself, as lately I've seen some amazing projects using it, including your own. I also adore the way you've used book text on this too and well - it's hard not to use a butterfly on every project because they are indeed nature's jewels: I can't wait to be spotting them in the garden soon too! Julie Ann xxx

  6. Wonderful texture & shimmer Lynne! xxx

  7. Stunning project Lynne, amazing textures and those colours just sing to me!! You have hugely tempted me to those MS moulds! You have also totally inspired me to dig out my twinkling H2Os! Love this shimmering canvas!!

  8. Gorgeous canvas Lynne and the textures/twinkles are stunning. The butterfly on the bark just adds even more depth. Love it x

    Hugs Annie x

  9. WOW...Stunning work Lynne, Love the texture & fabulous colours...the butterfly is amazing...Love the sparkling H20's... Hugs May x x x

  10. So beautiful Lynne. I just love the colour scheme with those gilded pinks. Your butterfly is stunning! Gorgeous crafting. Nicola x

  11. Absolutely beautiful Lynne. Amazing texture and such a gorgeous butterfly.
    Fliss xx

  12. A lovely hit of colour over all that delicious texture - what a beautiful creation, Lynne!
    Alison x

  13. Hello Miss Lynne, WOW this is a STUNNING piece of art work, all the pink H20 brings out all the gorgeous texture you added to the canvas, that butterfly is majestic, love the wood piece under it too, thanks for sharing this pink beauty...

  14. I love this lots Lynne - it's beautiful.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Stunning! Love all that glorious texture.

  16. This is gorjuss just luv it wow !! X


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