Sunday, 13 December 2015

Like A Snowflake On A Winter Morning by Lynne Moncrieff

For this piece I had fun creating an angel using paperclay in a mould and also stamping into the clay.  

The words are some I conjured up myself and printed onto white cardstock but you could just as easily stamp a sentiment.


Distress Stain Sprays:- Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass, Picket Fence
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics:- Champagne, Pure Platinum
Gilding Waxes (I used Treasure Gold but That’s Crafty stocks several substitutes)
Tools for clay or old rolling pin and craft knife
Snowflake Charm (substitute with Idea-ology charms)
Extras:- Prima Relics and Artifacts (you could create a substitute torso from paperclay) wooden frame (substitute with die-cut frame)


Paperclay – Art Doll Mould:- Condition paperclay before inserting into one of the larger doll face moulds. Have to say that the Art Doll mould is amazing to work with, releases so simply. Lay aside to dry.

Paperclay Wings and Crown:- Condition more paperclay, this time rolling to required thickness. Stamp each of the wings and the crown from the Carabelle Studio Stamp set. I prefer to cut away excess paperclay at this stage but you can do so once it has dried. Lay the pieces along with the face, on a flat surface, to dry. Various factors need to be taken into account for the drying time such as thickness of the clay (the doll face took longest to dry), temperature and humidity. 

Once all the paperclay elements are dry they are ready to be painted. Try not to re-introduce too wet a medium to the paperclay. I lightly sprayed Distress Stain Sprays and also applied gilding waxes. 

Now leave the paperclay elements aside for the moment.

Postcard White/Greyboard:- Apply Pure Platinum with a baby wipe. Heat set. Apply clear texture paste to snowflake Dinky Stencil. There’s no need to stencil the centre panel where the art doll will rest. Leave to dry.

Mist the panel with the various Distress Stain Sprays until happy then lay aside for the moment.

Frame & Other Elements:- The wood frame was painted with Pure Platinum before being misted with Distress Stain Sprays. The Prima Relic and Artifact was treated in the same way.


Mist Picket Fence onto the snowflake charm, adhering a pearl sticker to the centre.

Assembling:- Begin to layer up the various elements to create the snow angel. I used both silicone glue and gel medium. The silicone glue provided the dimension required for working with the frame and face.

Finally I dreamt up a few words, printed them onto white cardstock, cut into word tiles then applied Distress Stain Sprays with a baby wipe before lightly edging with Black Soot.  I also edged the panel with Black Soot for some definition.

I really enjoyed creating this art doll panel, I might just have to make a wee friend for her!
Until next time,



  1. What a lovely piece!
    Lynne,how cleverly you have used the relic pieces! I adorn your color palette- so shimmery and crisp! Beautiful work!
    Jackie ")

  2. Very lovely work of art, I love the white and gold. She does deserve a wee friend!

  3. Dear Lynne, thank you for showing the how to, here, and tell about the materials used, to create your fabulous piece , she is so beautiful on that stunning background, you created with the wonderful Dinky stencil !!
    Sunday greetings and xx

  4. Your angel is just amazing Lynne, so beautiful! xx

  5. Just gorgeous Lynne and really love all that subtle metallic shimmer.
    Fliss xx

  6. Stunning, just incredibly beautiful

  7. This is a creation of breath-taking beauty, Lynne. Today I visited the lovely Columbia Road flower market with my family, but in none of the tiny and magical shops that run alongside the stalls was there anything as creative, imaginative or beautiful as this! I adore the colours and the textures so very much. I love all your work, but this has just left me speechless in admiration!xx

  8. Love this Lynne, it just exudes such a serenity about it. You're right about that mould too, super easy to use
    Donna xxx

  9. this is adorable Lynne - i love that delicate face - beautiful! Hugs rachel x

  10. Amazing gilded texture, and such serenity coming from the moulded face. Beautiful dimensional work.
    Alison x

  11. Beautiful Lynne
    Amanda x

  12. Absolutely beautiful, precious piece Lynne. Thank-you for sharing the how-to. Nicola x

  13. Precious, Sweet, and makes my heart melt too. Creativity at it's best Lynne. Beyond beautiful. j.

  14. What a sweet face on your art doll. I do love the snowflake stencil you use. It creates such a nice soft background. I can just imagine a quiet moonlight night with snowflakes falling all around this beautiful creation of yours. Thanks for sharing with us! inkybru xx


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