The Muse by Lynne Moncrieff


Today it is my turn to share the storage unit I received to alter. I will be completely honest with you, this was a daunting task but once underway, it was great fun and quite rewarding. 

The unit is such high quality, no snags, smooth edges and easy to assemble. With good handles to grip, essential if you need to carry it from room to room, the ability to stack other units (view the other styles at That’s Crafty) and the unit I received to alter has a capacity for 18 paints. This is a well considered piece of design.  

(Thank You to Laura for photographing the unit for me.  Foolishly, I sent it to Laura without photographing it, so Laura definitely saved the day for me!)


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils:– Quatrefoil 2, Distressed Harlequin, Create Art
Prima Finnabair Cling Stamps:- Don’t Forget To Fly, Dream On, Now Is The Right Time
Distress Stain:- Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Distress Stain Sprays:- Ground Espresso, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink:- Black Soot, Walnut Stain
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Toffee, Chalk and London Fog
Idea-ology Ball Chain


We all have different spaces for creating but for most of us, when we set eyes on our supplies, that is when the Muse appears. This was the springboard for the idea I had for altering the unit, featuring a Finnabair stamp as the Muse with sentiments relating to art and creating. 


It is easiest to paint and stamp before assembling the unit.

After preparing all panels of the unit, a mini MDF tag and the MDF frame, with Gesso, I then applied Distress Stains and Distress Stain Sprays BUT I have to add that after application of the varnish, I noticed a difference in the colours, Tattered Rose all but disappeared! In between the layers of stains, I randomly applied stencilling with Dinky Stencils and embossing paste. 

The next step, stamping. I stamped onto all panels, including the bottom panel, which isn’t necessary but I liked that the design appears through the holes for the paint bottles.

The female from Dream On is the “Muse”, which I stamped alongside sentiments relating to art and creating. 

At this stage I added more stencilling, this time some of the words from the Create Art stencil.

Before assembling, I inked the edges of the panels then applied a varnish, two thin coats, leaving them to dry.

To assemble, I used Gel Medium, leaving it to dry before continuing with the final stages.

MDF Frame:-

I applied London Fog with Toffee, followed by Crackle Glaze and Chalk. Once ready, I adhered it onto the front panel, bringing the eye into one of the images of the Muse.


I applied Distress Stain Sprays and a touch of Chalk to a mini tag before stamping Artist at Work and Create Magic. Liquid Glass gives it a lovely shiny appearance. The tag was simply attached to one of the handles with ball chain.

There we have it, one completed storage unit, ready and waiting to be filled with fabulous paints!

Until next time,


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  1. A glorious box Lynne love that you have used inks which really shows just how versatile these boxes are

  2. Just gorgeous Lynne and love all the layered stamping and stencilling, such a beautiful effect.
    Fliss xx

  3. Fabulous effects on this lovely, useful item! What a great idea. It looks so arty and practical for carrying paint. You're going to get such a lot of fun out of using storage like this that looks as beautiful as it is practical! xx

  4. Love this box! The colors and stamping are genius, it would be a delight just to fill it up. Very practical and gorgeous at the same time.

  5. Fabulous box, awesome stamping! These storage boxes are so cool! xxx

  6. Fab box,love the muted colour palette
    Donna xxx

  7. Such a beautiful work of art ,and a BIG one too, I can tell ,from all you did, and used ,to make the wonderful box. So very very ,special, and a joy to use on the working table. Gorgeous with the crackled frame showing your Muse , and all the stenciled patterns and text ? The woman stamp is perfect here ,as is all the text ,too !! So beautiful dear Lynne.
    Dorthe, xxxx

  8. You've done an amazing job and I can honestly say its even MORE FABULOUS IRL. I was in the shop the other week and just blown away by it. Lx

  9. Wow! I'm hugely tempted by these storage boxes - such a clever system to be able to stack them even when they're for differently sized bottles - and though I've loved the colourful versions, this is definitely close to the way I'd be going for decor for my craft room - neutrals, fabulous stamping - really beautiful Lynne!
    Alison x

  10. Wow Such a great job on the painting and stamping! I really love the stamps you used-Your look is vintagy,but industrial-Very cool Lynne!


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