The Ancient Woods by Lynne Moncrieff


This week my project might appear to have an almost Halloween feel to it, she does appear to be wearing a witchy style hat so I added the real feather into the hat to lessen that association. She lives deep in an ancient wood but she is not someone you should fear, she is gentle, at one with nature allowing the branches of the old, gnarly ancient trees to twist their way through her windows, where cobwebs intermingle with the lace drapes.

This project lay to one side for quite some time. I wanted to add words but was undecided until PaperArtsy Alison Bomber stamps fell into my lap.


That’s Crafty! Acrylic Paints: Copper, Antique Gold, Brass
Charcoal Stick
Infusions: Rocky Road, Black Knight
Extras:  Wooden craft spools, vintage wooden clothes peg, vintage crochet lace, natural tissue paper, feather, collage image (Red Lead), re-cycled corrugated cardboard packaging, teabag


Note: I had previously prepared the greyboard leaves and acorns for the Woodland Maiden wreath. It is normal for me to prepare extras so that I have them for future projects, a huge time saver!

Remember, when working with the shrines, to continue the style/theme around to the side and even the rear.

Assemble art shrine. My preference is to then apply Gesso, onto the shrine.Follow this by randomly applying Grunge Paste to Brick Dinky Stencil, an irregular pattern creates more textural appearance especially for a project which has a distressed appearance to it.  Once dry, apply Infusions, misting generously with water, allowing the stain to seep into the areas between the stencilling.

At the same time, stain two wooden craft spools, they will become the feet to the shrine.
Tear a piece of re-cycled corrugated cardboard packaging. Apply Gesso to this and before it dries, apply Infusions.

Stain piece of vintage crochet lace with Infusions and a small fragment of lace with Black Knight only, this will embellish her dress.

Stain piece of found paper with tea/coffee. Leave all to dry naturally.

Fussy cut collage image, adhere to scrap cardstock, if required, to provide stability.  Adhere feather to her hat and if the lace is dry, adhere to her neckline.

Begin to assemble the shrine, adding the wooden craft spools to create feet. I lightly rolled them in Brass paint. The vintage wooden clothes peg was adhered to bottom edge of shrine. I partially inked up the Alison Bomber stamp, stamping onto a piece of tea-stained found paper. The paper was still slightly moist which allows the ink to bleed, exactly what I wanted. Layered beneath this text, a piece of natural tissue paper stamped with the script from Textures Collection, with the stained crochet lace embellishing all those elements.

Layer, in the recess, the prepared corrugated cardboard, another piece of natural tissue paper stamped with the script stamp and lace, before adhering the woman, begin the layer the prepared greyboard leaves and acorns to the left side of the house, draping them over the recess. Now, the woman can be settled into place. 

Until next week,



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  1. Fabulous texture on the shrine Lynne, so realistic in reminding me of a remote cottage. Love your art of distraction by putting a feather in her hat, she looks to be a very wise woman. Your attention to detail is mind blowing!
    Hugs & Wishes Tracey x

  2. Fantastic, wonderful, beautiful piece 😍

  3. A stunning art shrine , dear Lynne. So love the stenciling and the kind of remote fallow cottage, you created. The spools are fantastic, and so beautiful you gave this witchi woman the lovely collar and feather.She surely looks clever and I think she have helped many a human fellow, to get well, because of her knowlage . Love the gloomy feeling and you created.
    Dorthe, xxx

  4. Love your lady of the woods Lynne! xx

  5. Absolutely beautiful little shrine Lynne. So much wonderful detail and texture. The spool feet are a lovely idea and set off the shrine so well.
    Fliss xx

  6. Love, love, love this Lynne it has so much beauty and detail to it that I could look at it forever!
    Donna xx

  7. wonderful creation Lynne and you really bring the shrines to life with your various textured details and sprays.

    Perfect touch with Alison's stamp

    HUge hugs
    Annie x

  8. Just beautiful, Lynne! And I love the lyrical description! Helene

  9. Brilliant vintage eerieness in your fabulously textured piece - wonderful work as always, Lynne.
    Alison x


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