A Word of Private Dreams by Lynne Moncrieff



Today, I am sharing a collage, possibly verging on assemblage, with a That's Crafty! MDF Panel as the substrate and everything else, leftovers from previous projects.

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Panel 8"x8"
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Hearts
PaperArtsy Infusions: Rocky Road, Blackcurrant, Raspberry
PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB07 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints Seth Apter Limited Edition Set 4 Spanish Mulberry and Mahogany 
Distress Crayon Black Soot
Charcoal Stick
Gesso - White (That's Crafty! stock Gesso in White and Black HERE)
Re-cycled Corrugated Cardboard
Found Papers
Jute Twine
Vintage Button
Collage Image - Red Lead Paperworks
Scraps of Rusted Crochet Lace (with Plaid Folkart Rust Finish Kit)


I like to stain/paint batches at a time so I hopefully, then have a stash to dip into. For this project, I gathered such elements and directed by the colours of those elements, I then prepared the MDF panel by lightly applying Mahogany and Spanish Mulberry Frescos, almost wiping on and off.

Once the various leftovers, which consisted of sheet music, corrugated cardboard, packing paper, cardboard, were gathered, I set about layering them. Added to this was a greyboard heart which had also previously been painted, simply adding a scrap of found paper and vintage button with black sewing thread.  This topped a piece of vintage crochet lace which had previously been prepared with Plaid Folkart Rust Finish Kit. A twig, wrapped with jute was also added.

The collage image had previously been fussy cut but I had been unable to find a home for her until this project, where she becomes the central focus, allowing me to pair her with a PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB quote.

This is one reason That's Crafty! Surfaces are such an essential for me and I don't say this from a sense of D.T. loyalty. They are "must have" for Mixed Media because if I want to take this project a step further and add pastes, beeswax, or whatever else I might decide will enhance the story, I can do so without concern that the substrate will not hinder me when I add further layers.

Until next time!

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  1. I love how you have let your pre-prepared elements dictate the colour choice Lynne, with the richness of the mahogany being so warm and inviting.
    Your lady looks deep in thought, the perfect choice of sentiment. With your concertinaed papers, lace and button extras it's a delight to view.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  2. This really drags me in , to be a part of the woman and her story, dear Lynne, -
    The amazing layers, - layers of her life , filled with good and bad, maybe sad , experiences, too- so wonderfully shown , using the different scratches, and lace, the heart , showing love in her life, and she also danced to the music - you are telling a lovely story, once again.xxx

  3. Such a beautiful collage Lynne. The distressed and aged layers are so lovely and go so well with the collaged lady and the heart is the perfect finishing touch.
    Fliss xx

  4. Beautiful piece of art Lynne, love it❣


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