It Was In The Ocean by Lynne Moncrieff


This was a project which started its first incarnation more than one year ago, as a mini canvas prepared with mica powders, stamping and a gathering of elements, laid aside in a plastic bag.

When I stumbled across the collection of items, I set myself the challenge to complete it – it’s second incarnation… an Upright!

I used a beautiful Character Constructions stamps. Laura does not stock this particular stamp but Laura will special order any Character Constructions stamps. 


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Fossil TC081, Bubbles Background TC005
Character Constructions Stamp Sets – She Sells Seashells Plate No. 6 (sentiment)
Oxford Impressions Stamp Set - Mystical Mermaids (seaweed)
Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Antarctic, Blush, Chalk, Caramel, Toffee, Hint of Mint, Blue Oyster
Infusions - Sleight Blue, Rusty Car, Rocky Road
Mini Canvas
Collage Image (Red Lead Paperworks)
Stained Muslin
Net Fabric


I prefer to apply Gesso to the Upright but it is not necessary.

Frescos were applied with palette knife, allowing to dry before applying Bubbles Stencil with Grunge Paste and towards bottom edge of the actual Upright apply Grunge Paste to Fossil stencil and also onto the base.

Once dry, apply more of the Frescos with the addition of a lovely shimmer paint (I will chat more about this in a future post). With an old, hard brush, I stippled Caramel and Toffee, very subtle with more focused on the lower edge of the Upright and the base.  Sprinkle Infusions, which although have a wonderful unpredictability, try to manipulate with water, to create an effect that provides a watery appearance. Once dry, randomly stamp Textures Stamp onto Upright.

Apply mica powders to mini canvas. Stamp Character Constructions sentiment onto canvas. Adhere driftwood to base of canvas before adhering to Upright, layering with net fabric, stained muslin and starfish.

Paint the shell with the mica powders and the shimmer/metallic paint. Fussy cut collage image. I adhered to scrap cardstock for stability. Have her sit inside the shell, tucking scrap of torn vintage lace for her to sit on. Stamp seaweed onto piece of mica painted paper, fussy cut before tucking behind a starfish. 

Finally, with charcoal, create shadow around outer edge of shell, on the shell and the canvas, continuing the shadow around the bottom areas of the Upright (not the base).

As I type this, the rain could not be falling any harder – it certainly is a watery landscape but not quite the watery landscape of the Upright before me!!!!

Until next week,



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  1. Loving all the subdued tones and texture on the upright. Gorgeous xx

  2. This is amazing Lynne, I love the way you have built the mediums up over the upright in true Lynne style. The shell looks like it was made for the image used fitting like a glove.. Thank you for sharing it was worth the year long wait for you to bring it all together. Hugs Tracey xx

  3. So very lovely soft tones of the beach and sandy landscape, Lynne.Beautiful with the shimmer, and soft rosa and blue tones, and the lovely sitting place you created for her.The bubble background looks gorgeous on the upright. I love that you always makes me imagine stories, when seeing your art, ---so beautiful, dear. xx

  4. This is just stunning Lynne x I love the way you have layered the paint and paste through the stencils and then stippling with the brush. Your image is just perfect for sitting within the shell and of course the CC sentiment enhances the soft feel/tone of the overall piece. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Lynne, love this. The lady sitting in the shell is just magical. Much love, Bev. x

  6. Thank you so much everyone.
    It was great fun to work on this and to finally have a completed project!

  7. A stunner Lynne! So much texture and detail and just love the way the image is sitting in the shell.
    Fliss xx

  8. Such a beautiful, fun creation! It's such a great blend of different elements, original and innovative and full of a magical, marine atmosphere. xx

  9. Glorious texture and the vintage image is perfect. I simply love this.
    Alison x


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