In The Secret Garden by Lynne Moncrieff


I think regulars will have noticed that I keep dipping into the Surfaces Mixed Media Paper/Card Kit. Here I am once again, making use of the teabag paper and calico.

Oh, there is a sneak peek of some upcoming That's Crafty! products, new Autumn Colour Sprays! I added a cheeky spray of Autumn Gold, Olive and Raspberry but there are many more colours.


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Lynne's Wildflowers Set 1 A5
That's Crafty! Surfaces Mixed Media Paper/Card Kit (calico, teabag paper
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Metallic Paint Antique Gold
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
That's Crafty! Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Panel (9"x4.5") Pack of 3
That's Crafty! Flat Matte Sprays Basil, Rose
That's Crafty! 8"x8" Mandala Stencil TC8014
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil Feather TC098
Palette Knife
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black 
Sewing Machine & Black Thread
Rusted Washer
Teabags and Coffee Granules (for staining)


I utilized pieces I had already prepared but I will write the instructions as though starting from the beginning.

Tear panel of teabag paper slightly larger than the MDF panel. Stain with Flat Matte Sprays, also staining at the same time, piece of muslin, smaller than the teabag paper panel. Leave to dry thoroughly.

Prior to machine stitching, there are a few pieces to prepare. Stamp  sentiment from Wildflowers set onto two pieces of book text, onto the margin. Next, partially stencil Mandala, with Texture Paste onto a piece of kraft cardstock from the Kit. Once the paste is dry, spray Flat Matte Spray Basil and Autumn Colours of Raspberry and Autumn Gold. When this is dry, with fingertips, apply Antique Gold paint to highlight some of the relief design.

For the stenciled leaf, first stencil with Texture Paste onto calico from the Kit. Once dry, snip into the fabric and tear around the stenciled leaf (you can see that I stenciled a trio of leaves, then I have extras for future projects!)

Place the panel into a bath of tea and coffee. Allow liquid to cool slightly before placing the stenciled panel into the bath (see video), otherwise the texture paste will become one gooey mess!

Allow to dry.  Now, spray with Raspberry and Olive, leaving to dry before applying Antique Gold to relief design with fingertips.

Now for machine stitching, layering the stained muslin to the teabag paper.  You can see from the photos that along with the leaf and stamped sentiment, I also layered a piece of found paper and to the right hand side,

layers of various papers were machine stitched. At upper right of panel, machine stitch a small loop, formed from stained calico.

Remove from sewing machine.  Adhere stitched panel to MDF panel with adhesive. For the overlap at the edges, apply extra adhesive to those edges and fold upwards, this heightens the texture and brings a more organic style to the piece. Allow to dry before adding the pieces of Mandala stenciled design to the panel.

With palette knife, apply Texture Paste to panel, also to a twig which has been threaded through the single loop.  Adhesive applied to the underside of the twig will ensure it stays in place.  Add metallic highlights to the panel with Antique Gold, applied with fingertips.

The final touches, a spray of the Autumn Colours to the panel,

with a rusted washer adhered to the stenciled feather, along with a few stray fibres which happened to catch my eye and thought they would be perfect as a wee addition.

A video of the completed project.

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  1. I’m in awe, so many luscious layers of beauty Lynne to admire
    Donna xx

  2. Really gorgeous layered textures Lynne and the subtle colour palette is so beautiful.
    Fliss xx

  3. Dear Lynne, a most gorgeous art piece, in your signature style, of nature elements, and beauty . The tones of tea and gold together, the layers of papers sewed to the panel, everything makes it so special, and so you. I love it . Dorthe xxx

  4. It's hard not to keep dipping into that mixed media pack as it's full of fabulous things giving us endless possibilities and uses. Stunning display Lynne.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  5. This piece is absolutely out of this world! I just adore that Lynn stenciled the feather onto fabric to be added to her mdf panel creation/. Stunning!
    Jackie xo

  6. Wonderful layers and stunning textures Lynne x Love all the details x

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x


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