Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Secrets of the Sea - A Canvas by Lynne Moncrieff


This is the first time I’ve played with Oxford Impressions’ The Deep and I had such fun using the stamps with a PaperArtsy Box Canvas, Gelatos and my Melt Pot for touches of beeswax.

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints:- Vintage Lace and Irish Cream
Caran d’ache Watersoluble Crayons (substitute with watercolours or re-inkers)
Distress Inks:- Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone
Crafty Notions Rusting Powder
Foamcore board
Extras:- baby wipes, small shells, gauze/cheesecloth, fabric scrap*, tissue paper, white vinegar (for use with Crafty Notions Rusting Powder), cog die-cut (kindly provided by a friend),  pattern paper scraps and micro beads.



Canvas - Preparing

I work in a random fashion when preparing backgrounds, adding, subtracting and blending until reasonably satisfied.  Here is a rough idea of what I did to achieve the base.   

·       Apply Gesso first, followed by PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Vintage Lace. Now to have fun with the Faber-Castell Gelatos. Scribble the Gelatos onto the canvas and generously mist with water from misting bottle so the colours drip. Blend colour with baby wipes, continue to add more water and blend in Gesso.  Add more colour with Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons (you could use more Gelatos from another colour group). Continue process until satisfied with appearance.

·       Now for texture:- Adhere scrunched tissue paper and torn gauze with Gel Medium.  While the Gel Medium is wet, sprinkle USArtquest Mica Flakes. Leave to dry.


·       Stamp the selected images from The Deep (Oxford Impressions). Cut out, then ink edges with Distress Inks Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. Stamp sentiment onto fabric scrap. My piece resulted from a session of rusting fabric with Crafty Notions Rusting Powder but Distress Re-inker Tea Dye would provide an aged appearance.

·       Adhere Captain and submarine to foamcore board. Paint edges with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Irish Cream.

Other Elements

·       Apply Crafty Notions Rusting Powder to a cog die-cut (a friend kindly provided this). Follow instructions and leave to “rust”.

·       In the meantime, gather together shells, stamped images and stained gauze (these were in my stash from an earlier session of tea staining but you can achieve similar results with Distress Re-inkers).

·       Before adhering any of the elements to the canvas, work out the layout. Start from the inside of canvas, adhering Captain and coral. For dimension on the stamped elements, I used silicone glue.

·       Adhere shells, cog, gauze and USArt Quest Mica Flakes with Gel Medium.

Melt Pot

·       Follow the instructions for melting Ranger Melt Pot Art Beeswax Natural in a Ranger Melt Pot.

·       Fill an Idea-ology Corked Glass Vial with a shell, Mica Flakes and micro beads. Drip melted beeswax onto the Vial. Use beeswax to adhere the vial to the canvas. 

·       Randomly drip beeswax onto the canvas.


·         By draping more stained gauze onto the canvas.


Until next time.


  1. This is gorgeous Lynne, just love your canvas. XX

  2. Beautiful & inspiring art Lynne! xx

  3. What a stunning project you have created Lynne, with fabulous techniques and creativity. So much detail to observe.........wonderful use of the rusting powder.

    Thank you so much for sharing

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

  4. This is spectacular, Lynne. Love all the textures and techniques plus the mix of real and stamped shells.

  5. Stunning project Lynne , fantastic details.

  6. Wow Lynne! An amazingly textured creation with fabulous depth and wonderful techniques. Love it!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  7. What a stunning creation, Lynne... the textures you have created with that beautiful netting and tissue paper are just perfect. All the embellishments fit perfectly, and the stamping is gorgeous - a huge WOW from me!
    Alison x

  8. A real stunning creation Lynne...gorgeous details!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  9. Seriously fabulous Lynne! Fantasic range of techniques and ingredients. Beautifully done. Nicola x

  10. That's gorgeous..I have a stamp set similar to that but it wouldn't look like that..Although with your great tutorial..Maybe..

  11. Dear heavens- this is just fabulous! I am loving taking in all of the wonderful details- and love that you have provided visuals! LOVE everything about this project!!!

  12. Stunning creation Lynne, Full of wonderful textures & design... Love the image.. Brilliant work! Hugs May x x x

  13. Wow Lynne. This is wonderful Lynne. Love all the layers and elements. Well done you.


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