Calming Breath, A Panel By Lynne Moncrieff



I asked if Laura and Graham could cut MDF panel to a particular size, 3.5"x8", and although I didn't have any specific project in mind when I made my request, I just like having a variety of sized substrates to hand.

The colours on this project were a continuation of enjoying some playtime with the That's Crafty! Flat Matte Sprays which I used on the MDF panel, watercolour paper, handmade paper and rice paper and also onto the tag...this is what I want from a product, when it is an all rounder!


That's Crafty! Light Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Lynne's Wildflowers Set 2
That's Crafty! MDF Panel
That's Crafty! Mini Stencil Fern
That's Crafty! Flat Matte Sprays: Aqua, Bluebell
That's Crafty! Mixed Media Paper/Card Kit 
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paint Ivory
Gel Medium
Craft Sheet
Archival Ink Potting Soil

Speedball Brayer
Small Buff Tag
Rusted Binder Clip & Rusted Safety Pin
Sewing Machine
Walnut Sewing Thread
Paintbrush (see HERE)
Palette Knife
Handmade Paper Scraps


Randomly apply Gesso to panel then brayer Ivory paint onto panel, aiming for distressed appearance.  Mix the Flat Matte Sprays onto craft sheet or into small plastic container, applying with paintbrush then misting with water, allowing colour to drip downwards.

Use the same colours to stain scrap of handmade paper, a small buff tag, rice paper and watercolour paper (both rice and watercolour paper are from the Mixed Media Paper/Card Kit) - the watercolour paper panel had been eco dyed but the colours were insipid.

Once dry, stencil, with Light Texture Paste the stunning Fern stencil. When the paste is dry, apply some more colour onto the stencilled Fern, immediately misting with water, allowing the colour to pool and drip.

Machine stitch pieces of handmade papers (stained and not stained), then layer to left side of panel, attaching rusty safety pin to top, attach ends of tag to this.

Ink up "nature" from one of the sentiments from Wildflowers Set 2, stamping onto fragment of eco dyed rice paper, adhering to the tag.

Onto another piece of stained rice paper, stamp "calming breath" from the same sentiment. Adhering to the panel, I only applied Gel Medium along upper edge of the rice paper.

To complete, attach rusted binder clip to top of panel.

Until next week,

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  1. Beautiful nature art Lynne! Xxx

  2. Dear Lynne, I so love this with all the dyed papers, the beauty of the fern stenciled, and painted to look beautifully distressed , and the aqua tones are gorgeous !!
    Dorthe, xxx

  3. A really beautiful and serene piece of artwork Lynne and the layered and dyed elements all look so lovely. The stitching is such a lovely finishing touch too with the rusted embellishments.
    Fliss xx

  4. This is so beautiful, I love your natural pieces Lynne xx

  5. Amazingly beautiful piece of art Lynne, you always make me feel closer to nature when I see your lovely creations
    Donna xx

  6. A beautiful piece Lynne, Ivory is the perfect backdrop to hold all those stitched and stained papers.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  7. Thank you all so much for your lovely support xxx


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