Courage An Art Shrine by Lynne Moncrieff



Art Shrines have been a favourite of mine since they were first produced, they are such a perfect base to work on, especially when you consider the variety of sizes and styles available.

Although That's Crafty! have so many greyboard shapes to incorporate into the shrines, I wanted to show that for the focal, you can incorporate items from around the home/in your stash.

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Art Shrine Rectangle
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Textures Collection Set 1
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Lynne's Affirmations Set 9
That's Crafty! Crackle Glaze
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paints: Ivory, White, Chestnut Brown
That's Crafty! Stencil Mandala TC8014
That's Crafty! Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
That's Crafty! Walnut Ink Crystals
13Arts Coloured Gravel Light Grey
Gel Medium
Archival Ink Potting Soil
Other: Rusted Vintage Tart Tin, RELICS & ARTIFACTS Heart, Vintage Button, Twig, Nettle Yarn, Baby Wipes


Begin by assembling the Art Shrine.  If they are new to you, then you will find they are so easy to assemble and the That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive is particularly good choice to ensure that once assembled, nothing will budge!

Once adhesive is dry, apply Chestnut Brown paint, this will be the base layer for the crackle process.  Following the instructions for working with the crackle glaze, apply the glaze followed with a mixture of White and Ivory paint. In no time, crackles will appear.

Repeatedly stamp script and textures from the fabulous Textures Collections stamp sets with Potting Soil ink.

For the focal, I had already rusted this vintage tart tin (it was amongst one of the bundles when I eco dye).  For the heart, I painted it with Chestnut Brown and leaving it to be almost dry, I then used a baby wipe to achieve a distressed effect and to heighten the beautiful detail carving on the heart. For the shrine area, I had a very tattered piece from a vintage doily, tucking it inside the recess and topping with a vintage button, threaded with nettle yarn.

An Affirmation was partially inked up onto scrap/found piece of card, lightly stained with Walnut Ink Crystals. This was torn, with "courage" adhered above the heart recess.

The vintage tart tin was adhered to the shrine, luckily, the edges just touched the side of the shrine to allow for contact. I allowed to dry for a few moments before resting the prepared heart into the tin. To bring more texture to the heart, 13Arts Ayeedva Powder was applied, I would say randomly but randomly planned, I am sure you know what I mean!

To the bottom edge of the Shrine, I had a piece of leftover, it was a piece of walnut ink stained calico which had been stencilled with the fabulous Mandala and Texture Paste. Even the smallest leftovers are worth saving. To this, I layered the remainder of the stamped Affirmation.

Finally, nettle yarn was threaded through the ring on the heart, with the tail ends wrapped around a twig, before adhering to the top of the Shrine.

It is testament to the quality of the Shrines that this project will remain upright, no toppling over even with the frontal weight of the tart tin and heart.

Until next time,

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  1. Dear friend, it is so gorgeous, the carwing in the heart and love the grit , and it resting in the rusty tin !! So very beautiful, Lynne <3 xxx

  2. A really beautiful shrine Lynne. Such lovely textures and neutral tones and love how you set the gorgeous heart in the rusty tin. Beautifully designed artwork.
    Fliss xx

  3. Lynne, everything about this beautiful creation is just gorgeous! Anne xx

  4. Another really fabulous project, lynne with such an organic feel. Tfs x


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