Fly Free by Lynne Moncrieff



The months seem to fly past quicker with each passing year.  My head is still telling me it is August, certainly not December or my final D.T. project for 2018!

This week I am sharing a panel. I struggled in capturing the true colours, the light has been so poorly here.

For this final project, I managed to sneak in some favourite products.

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Panel 8"x8" Pack of 3
That's Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Large Wings
That's Crafty! 8"x8" Mandala Stencil.TC8014
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Lynne's Affirmations Set 3
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paint: Ivory, White, Antique Silver
That's Crafty! Light Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Surfaces Mixed Media Journal Kit (Calico, Deli Paper)
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints  Antarctic, Mahogany,Venice Blue, WhiteFire
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
Stabilo Black Watersoluble Pencil
Silver Thread


I don't have any step photos to share with you for this project, only some details.

I worked with the same colours to prepare the MDF panel, calico, wings, Deli Paper and twig.
I began by preparing the panel of torn calico, stencilling with Light Texture Paste and the Mandala stencil, not stenciling the full Mandala design. I focused on the central element which was stencilled twice. This was left to dry thoroughly.

I then gave attention to the MDF panel.

I swiped some Light Texture Paste onto the panel. Next, I applied a wash of Gesso, allowing to dry before randomly applying paints. I did this by applying the paints I wanted to work with, onto a craft sheet and then taking the panel to the sheet, pressing it into the colours. It is very random and messy.  The final colours to apply, using this same method, were White Fire and Antique Silver.

Returning to the stencilled calico, I applied the same paints, this time applying with a baby wipe, squeezing out excess moisture from the baby wipe before applying the paints.

I rolled a twig into the remainder of paint, working on a craft mat. Adhering the twig to panel.

You might be able to see the various colours in this detail image.

Two of the greyboard wings were painted with Ivory before pressing the wings down onto the craft sheet, onto which I had spread some of the PaperArtsy paints and Antique Silver. Once adhered to the panel, I edged around the wings with Stabilo pencil, wetting with a fine paintbrush.

The Affirmation was repeatedly stamped onto the panel, stamping it again onto a piece of Deli Paper, prepared with the aforementioned paints. 

The words were stamped onto a piece of Deli Paper and once adhered to the panel, I scribbled with the Stabilo pencil, wetting with a fine brush. To create a detail, I formed a circle with some of the most beautiful speciality silver thread, a gift from Dorthe Hansen.

Finally, the black watersoluble pencil was scribbled around the edge of the panel, smudging with a baby wipe before finally, applying with fingertips, the beautiful Antique Silver paint to the edge.

Thank You, from my heart, for your support this past year, support which is never taken for granted.
Being part of this amazing D.T. is such a special role as is designing stamps for That's Crafty!  I am already looking forward to returning here with my first post for 2019 and eager to see what creative adventures lie ahead for That's Crafty! in 2019.

Although this can be a difficult time for so many of us, I just want to wish you all a lovely time over the festivities, that it be kind to you and yours and here's to "Santa" being generous with stockings brimming with crafting goodies!

Merry Christmas!
Hope to see you here in 2019.
Lynne x

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  1. Beautiful work Lynne, so perfectly put together. x

  2. This is just gorgeous Lynne! I love the stenciled areas. Merry Christmas, looking forward to seeing more of your work in 2019. xxx

  3. I'm mad for pinks lately and I'm picking up this lovely color in this beautifully rendered piece. The pink/brown Hughes seem to Mary nicely with every other color. Glad to see I'll be seeing more of your work in the future. Happiness and good health to you and yours.

  4. A really beautiful textured panel Lynne. Love the subtle colours and the way you made the wings stand out with the black soluble pencil.
    Wishing you a Happy Christmas too and all the best for 2019.
    Fliss xx

  5. A gorgeous piece Lynne. Love all the neutral vintaged texture and the organic feel . Hope you had a lovely Chrismtas . Wishing you all good things for 2019 x

  6. Wonderful details Lynne and I love the stencilled details/colours xx I have enjoyed your journey this year and look forward to viewing more in 2019 xx Thats Crafty is certainly expanding and it's lovely to see xx
    Huge hugs Annie xx

  7. Beautiful Lynne. Thanks for all your inspiration in 2018! Looking forward to 2019♥️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  8. So very beautiful, dear friend, such wonderful texture, and the softness of tones in pink and brown with the whites, is superb Lynne.
    Dorthe xxx


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