Secrets on Wings - A Shrine By Lynne Moncrieff


This week I am sharing a project which appears in Stampington & Co's Somerset Studio Gallery (Winter).
I wanted a sense of the butterflies appearing to have alighted onto the arch, as though they are carrying the secrets belonging to the butterfly child, off into the Spring air.


That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Arch Shrine Kit Matchbox
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheet - Small Butterflies and Dragonflies
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets Lynne's Affirmations Set 2
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paint Antique Gold 
PaperArtsy Infusions Raspberry, Blackcurrant
Sharpie Medium Point White Poster Paint Marker 
Sponge Applicator Brushes (That's Crafty! stock HERE)
Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black
Mister Bottle 
Gel Medium
Willow Circle x 2
Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts Milagros
Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts Velveteen Flower
Re-cycled Corrugated Cardboard
Found/Vintage Papers and Lace


I prefer to assemble the Shrine first, then apply Gesso with sponge applicator brush. Apply Gesso to a bundle of greyboard butterflies - select various sizes including a larger one which will become the wings on the Relics & Artifact.

Next, sprinkle Infusions onto the shrine and butterflies and generously mist with water. Use excess Infusions stain which will run off the shrine and butterflies by collecting it onto pieces of lace, found papers including piece of re-cycled corrugated cardboard and the Velveteen Flowers. Leave all to dry.
Once dry, adhere the torn corrugated cardboard into recess of shrine.

Partially ink up Affirmation from Set 2, onto found paper, adhering to upper element of arch, layered with torn pieces of stained laces.

Returning the focus to recess area, take a larger butterfly wing which has been stained with Infusions and lightly, with fingertips, apply Antique Gold paint. This will be adhered to rear of the R&A Milagros figure with a smaller butterfly held in their hands. Note that for each butterfly, I edged it with a white paint pen to bring definition against the shrine. 

Set the figure in place, leaving the adhesive to dry before continuing to assemble the project by adhering the shrine to the willow circles.

The fluttering butterflies should appear both random in their placement yet at the same time and contradictory, ensure there is an overall balance. Place the Velveteen Flowers to the left side of the shrine with butterflies fluttering downwards onto the willow circles, along with scrap of the Infusions stained lace.

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  1. This is absolutely amazing Lynne! So much beautiful vintage and shabby chic detail and just love the way the central figure is holding on to the wings.
    Fliss xx

    1. Thank you Fliss. I wanted a fluttery feel to this shrine :)
      Lynne xx

  2. Such a fabulous creation, so beautiful with the soft rosa, and nature color, and the details of dyes laces, and the butterfly wings, all looks fantastic with the Infusions , Lynne.
    I love it !! xxx

    1. Thank you Dorthe. It was the idea of a little whimsical project with all those fluttery butterflies.

  3. Those butterflies are amazing Lynne and the use of words alongside the Butterfly book is genius. Beauty in true Lynne style.
    Best wishes Tracey xx

    1. Thank you Tracey, they were really the springboard for this project.

  4. So many wonderful details Lynne! It's beautiful! xx

  5. Oh Lynne, this shrine is so beautiful! Those butterflies do make memories flood back in of childhood. How lovely the whole design is-so intricate and delicate! So well deserved to be published with Stampington!!
    Jackie xx

    1. Dear Jackie
      Many thanks for taking the time to comment. It was a sweet project to work on and the icing on the cake, having it published :)


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