The Sheltering Hand of Friendship by Lynne Moncrieff


This week I am sharing a second sample made for That Crafty’s recent HOCHANDA shows. 

Now this was tricky to photograph because I applied lots of the beautiful That’s Crafty! Pearl paint which I wanted to try to capture in the photographs.

You know I like my wee narratives!  The two girls are sheltering beneath a beautiful blossom during a summer’s day rainfall, clutching hands as they shelter and sharing their secrets with only the butterfly to hear their sweet thoughts.


Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic: Antarctic, Blush, Blue Oyster
Black Watersoluble Pencil
Palette Knife/Old Plastic Credit Card
Extras: Scrap paper, Collage image (Red Lead)


Prepare tag with Gesso before applying chalk acrylics with a scraping technique. Begin to add stamping. Continue by applying more paint, this time including the Pearl acrylic, in the same fashion as the first layer, adding more stamping and repeating until reasonably satisfied. I say “reasonably” because I am never, ever satisfied!

With the same paints, paint large and small butterflies and flowers. I also painted some of the pieces popped out from the embellishments. 

Stamping was added to some of the greyboard embellishments.

Create a large flower from the large flower head and two stalks. Top it with the large butterfly. 

Fussy cut collage image. Adhere all to tag, embellishing girls with the painted greyboard.
Stamp Affirmation onto scrap paper (this was deli paper which had Gesso and a hint of gold). Adhere to where the two stalks meet.

Create outlines with charcoal and watersoluble pencil.

Until next time,



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  1. Those wee girls are sheltered perfectly under the flower head. I dont know why but this reminds me of those photographs many year ago of the Cottingley Fairies.. Maybe its the scale of it all?
    Its a beautiful composition Lynne and I'm lucky enough to know how the all that shimmer and shine will look. Thank you for sharing..
    Tracey xx

  2. Dear Lynne,
    this is filled with such sweetness , both because of the story it tells, and because of your soft color tones used.Your girls are so cute under their flower umbrella, and I love that you did not take away all the bits from the died out embellishments ,but let some stay to create more interests . Such a beautiful tag my dear friend.
    Dorthe, xxx

  3. This is beautiful Lynne! Xxx

  4. Those wee girls look fabulous on your great tag, Lynne ! Fantastic work !
    Corrie x

  5. Ah this is such a pretty make Lynne. Those wee girls look like they have many secrets to carry. Love the soft colours and I too know how all that shimmer and shine will look. Just beautiful. Bev. xxx

  6. This is beyond adorable ... I love the soft colour palette ... the narrative sends me off dreaming of wee folk in the garden .... beautiful!

  7. This is gorgeous Lynne, love the pretty soft colours that go so well with those sweet little girls and details are wonderful.
    Fliss xx

  8. Gorgeous! These 2 look like delicate little fairies with secrets to share! xx

  9. Lovely the delicacy and soft colours and great imagery. Hugs. Tracy x

  10. This is one stunning make, even more so in real life....I nearly 'borrowed' it ha ha
    Donna xx

  11. Beautiful with its soft colours and innocence
    Amanda x

  12. Fantastic background and colour combination Lynne xx Those florals and butterfly are just stunning and the little girls beautiful too xx TFS
    Annie x

  13. Adorable! I love the pretty, soft colours of the background, and the tiny figures are so sweet sheltering under the magical flower umbrella!
    Alison x


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