Sunday, 22 November 2015

One Simple Word ….. Peace by Lynne Moncrieff

I’d actually made this before the recent terrorist attacks took place, as a gift for a friend.
The springboard for this canvas was from reading an article by the incredibly talented Vickie Kammerer in Stampington & Co’s Somerset Holidays & Celebrations. Vickie created festive ornaments with large wood wings and a relevant word placed central. On this canvas I have stamped into paperclay, to create the wings.


Distress Stain Sprays:- Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze, Tarnished Brass, Picket Fence
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics:- Champagne, Rose Gold, Rose Copper
Treasure Gold, various colours (substitute with any of the gilding waxes sold at That’s Crafty!)
Tools for clay or old rolling pin and craft knife
Canvas (5”x5”) with easel (That’s Crafty! also stock a selection of canvas)
Extra:- one Spellbinders pearl (substitute with pearl stickers or dimensional paint), small wooden plaque (substitute with white/greyboard/MDF die-cut), button


Paperclay wings

Working on a craft mat, roll paperclay to required thickness. Stamp directly into the paperclay, remembering to immediately wash the stamp afterwards. At this stage I like to cut around the shape but it can also be cut once the clay is dry. Transfer to a flat surface. I like to place on a piece of kitchen paper which helps to absorb any moisture in the clay. Remember drying time will vary depending on temperature and humidity.

Once dry, colour with metallic paints and Distress Stain Sprays. Try to keep added moisture to a minimum. Lay the wings aside for the moment.

Canvas & Easel

After applying a base layer of paint and Distress Stain Sprays, stencil snowflakes with clear matt embossing paste. Leave to dry before building up more colour with the same paints and sprays as before.

Randomly swipe Versamark ink around edges of canvas, heat embossing with gold embossing powder. 

Spray the various Distress Stain Sprays onto the wooden easel.


Heat emboss gold detail embossing powder onto a wooden plaque.

Mist Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze onto scrap of white cardstock. Stamp Peace.  Adhere to plaque.

Assembling and finishing touches

Adhere the wings and plaque onto the canvas with silicone glue.

Ink edges of ChitChat stickers, adhering with Gel Medium.

Spray Distress Stain Spray onto a greyboard snowflake, once dry, embellish with pearl detail.

Finally, embellish canvas with a scrap of paper (this is painted/sprayed deli paper leftover from another project) and button. 

One last touch is to highlight the canvas, in particular the snowflakes background and the paperclay wings, with gilding wax.

The canvas is now ready to be displayed on the easel.

Until next time,



  1. A beautiful Christmas gift Lynne x the background details are very subtle and the gold and Peace Stamp really stand out against it. Love the embossed edge and of course the lovely adornments
    Annie x

  2. Stunning Lynne, such a beautiful piece! Love what you did with the paper clay, such a great background too, making that magical word really stand out! Wonderful make!

  3. I just love what you do with paper clay, Lynne. This is exquisite. What a wonderful idea. I love Vickie's work too. She is an inspiration - as are you! This beautiful word is so simple and so perfect on this piece. Let us hope with all our hearts for peace this Christmas. xx

  4. Just gorgeous Lynne and such a perfectly timed creation after the recent terrible events. Beautiful vintage style and the wings look amazing.
    Fliss xx

  5. So beautiful, and gorgeous, dear Lynne. The idea with stamping the wings into paper clay is giving a wonderful result, and love the snowflakes here in gold and white. Your PEACE stands beautifully sharp, and as a reminder of holding dear our peaceful days, where no violence appear in our world !!
    I love your canvas and the added star, and wings makes it a stunning piece, my friend.
    Dorthe, xx

  6. This is a very delicate canvas Lynne, and I adore the wings and your idea of using them in this way... Stunning creation, very beautiful, and I would recognize your art and style everywhere!!
    Coco xx

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  10. So beautiful and uplifting Lynne! xxx

  11. So beautiful and serene love it

  12. Lynne, your rustic elegant style is always such a huge inspiration, this piece is GLAMOROUS! TFS!

  13. Such an important word to hold on to - and a beautiful setting for it.
    Alison x


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