Leaf Collage by Lynne Moncrieff



I am continuing the interest in leaves but this time, inking up one of the leaves from PaperArtsy Eclectica ECF sets. They really are beautiful sets designed by Courtney Franich, no doubt I will be sharing many future projects featuring the stamps from ECF05 and ECF06.


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Lynne's Carved Leaves Set 2
That's Crafty! Surfaces Tea Bag Paper 
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF 8"x8" Panel Pack of 3
That's Crafty! Walnut Ink Crystals
That's Crafty! Flat Matte Sprays: Basil, Sage, Ochre, Maple, Walnut
That's Crafty! Mediums Sand Paste
That's Crafty! Mediums Texture Paste
PaperArtsy Eclectica Cling Stamps ECF06
Archival Ink Designer Series Potting Soil
Gel Medium
Extras: thread, rusted washer, Stabilo watersoluble pencil


Working on the paper panel (rag paper but watercolour paper is a good substitute), Gesso was randomly applied before misting with the fabulous Flat Matte Sprays. At this early stage, with fingertips, I also applied random areas with Texture Sand Paste.

For the leaf, tea bag paper was stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals, allowing to dry thoroughly before stamping the leaf.  To create detail on the stamped leaf, stitches were made by hand around the edge with a rusted washer placed over one of the circles within the stamp design.

More stitches, this time with a chocolate brown thread, stitching around the leaf with stitches added to a scrap of stained paper layered beneath the stem of the leaf.

Nature was taken from one of the That's Crafty! Lynne's Caved Leaves sets, stamped with Potting Soil ink onto a scrap of stained card.

A piece torn from the tea bag paper stained with Flat Matte Sprays. 

You can also see the areas of Texture Paste.

Another piece torn from the same panel of stained tea bag paper and to the left of this piece, a scrap piece of tea bag paper which had been lightly stained with Walnut Ink (I had used this piece to stamp off some ink on a stamp), I liked the textural effect. I simply sat, forming some slow stitches onto this panel.

The other areas where Texture Paste were applied.

Finally, the collage was adhered to a That's Crafty!  8"x8" MDF panel. The MDF panels or even the white/greyboard panels, are fabulous for collage, whether working directly onto the surface itself or as a means to stabilize your collage.

Until next time,

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  1. Dear Lynne, always beauty from your hands,- and this so makes me want to see it close up, so thankyou Laura for the big photo , showing all details so wonderful. The stamped texts , getting special interest because of the gesso and that gorgeous leaf, love you highlighted one of the white spots , with the washer , and love your slow stitching . xxx

  2. Beautiful layers and textures Lynne and just love the stitching detail you added to the panel. They draw everything together so well.
    Fliss xx

  3. Beautiful as always! Courtney's leaves are so beautiful!

  4. Swooooooon! This is so so beautiful, Lynne. Love everything about it x


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