Morning Rapture of the Birds: A Chunkie By Lynne Moncrieff



Today I am sharing a 6"x6" Chunkie.

This project began life, not related to That's Crafty! D.T. project. The element on the right side of the Chunkie, the layers with the bird image, that was the initial springboard, a fabric/paper collage where I utilized many scrappy pieces of previously, Infusions stained found papers and textiles, in other words...leftovers.

Looking for a way to take the completed collage one step further, I happened to spy the 6"x6" Chunkie which I had previously assembled.

Sometimes, it is good to share the behind the scenes story as to how a project came about.


That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF 6"x6" Chunkie (Two Pack)
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
PaperArtsy Infusions (Rocky Road, The Sage, Rusty Car)
USArt Quest Mica Tile Brown (substitute with Indian Amber)
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
Gesso (That's Crafty Gesso)
Mister Bottle
Sewing Machine
Black Thread
Collage Image (Red Lead Paperworks)
Rice Paper (which had been Eco Dyed)
Scraps of Fabrics/Found Papers, all previously stained with Infusions
Loose Threads from Calico
Walnut Ink


As I wrote in the intro, the fabric collage was made first, the springboard for the Chunkie.  If deciding to make the collage, either gather together, as I did, previously stained fabrics and found papers, machine stitching the layers or to start from the beginning... stain scraps of textiles and found papers with Infusions, misting generously with water. Once they are all thoroughly dry, machine stitch the layers. For the focal, select a collage image, scrunching in your hands and grungy with ink pad or as I did walnut ink, leaving to dry before layering mica tile over the image and machine stitching this focal to the collage.

Lay the collage aside for the moment.

Tear pieces of stained rice paper - this had been part of an erosion bundle, there are some lovely rusted areas on the rice paper which worked well with the colour of the collage image. Cover the Chunkie, including the sides with this paper, adhering with the That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Craft Glue.

Onto the Chunkie, repeatedly stamp the PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB quote ensuring you stamp off much of the ink before stamping onto the Chunkie.

Next, ink up the stamp once again, stamping onto rice paper which is layered onto scrap of Infusions stained book text.

Adhere to the top edge of the Chunkie, a twig and below, on the face of the Chunkie, a small twig. I spied loose threads from some calico I had torn so simply decided to wrap it around one end of the smaller twig.

This photo shows some of the layers of the fabric collage. I chose not to stitch the bottom edges, I like when elements remain free especially anything with a nature theme.

The Chunkies are a wonderful addition to any Mixed Media artist's supply of substrates and the fact that they are sold as packs of 2 (other than the ATC size which is sold pack of 5) make them great value for money.

Until next time.

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  1. It is a beautiful, chunkie creation,- I am in awe over all the layers you fit together, to make a whole, so much related to nature . The colors you stained with ,are saying nature and forest , at once,- and the bird is so wonderful a detail, I wish I could rea ch out, and touch it Lynne- it is gorgeous, dear friend.
    Dorthe xxx

  2. A really beautiful piece of artwork Lynne. I so love what you create with your own eco dyed papers and fabrics as they always look so wonderful layered up on a collage and lend a natural look too.
    Fliss xx

  3. Oh Lynne I could sit and look at this all day long with its layer upon layer each one having it's own personality and the chunkie is a perfect background to display it all.
    Warmest of wishes Tracey xx

  4. I agree with Tracey as I could sit and look at it all day too. I really love this one as it’s just so you Lynne which is a good thing isn’t it. If you ever need to ‘rehome’ it I know a lady that would love ❤️
    Donna xx

  5. Beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing xx

  6. As mentioned on your own blog I adore these wonderful layers of aged papers Lynne and the wonderful way in which you have layered them and applied other elements x Great details and thanks for the step out/list of products

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  7. Oh Lynne! This is such an inspiration! I love how you combined all of these papers! This is so beautiful! Chrisx


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