Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Lynne Moncrieff



Hope....it just seems to be such an appropriate word for these strange times we are in!


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set ATCoins Set 11 (hope)
That's Crafty! Surface MDF Rounds
That's Crafty! A4 Stencil Circles TC40002
That's Crafty! Medium Gesso White
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
That's Crafty! Pearl Inks: Black, Tree Bark, Bronze
That's Crafty! Walnut Ink Crystals
Distress Crayon Black, Ground Espresso
13arts Ayeeda Powder Coloured Gravel Grey
PaperArtsy Eclectica Mini Designed by Seth Apter EM44
Watercolour Paper
Extras: Clear Gesso, Feather, Muslin Scrap


I tend to have papers prepared as I like to work in batches. The papers used for this collage were either watercolour paper or utilizing underpaper (which happened to be freezer paper).

For the watercolour paper, clear Gesso was first applied and once dry, Pearl Inks were applied, at the same time misting the paper with water, to allow the inks to pool. Walnut Ink Crystals, decanted into a mister bottle, sprayed onto the paper. The paper was allowed to air dry.

Depending on the amount of water applied to the paper, there will be quite a difference to the end result, this creates a more diffused effect.

After a quick application of Gesso to the MDF Round, the circle was covered with prepared watercolour paper panel, distressing the edges.

For all the other circles, the fabulous A4 Circle Stencil was used, cutting circles from more prepared watercolour paper and also the under-paper, layering onto the Round along with torn strips of underpaper.

For the central circles, scraps of muslin were first adhered before adding a feather, wrapping cotton covered copper wire. A tiny cluster of 13arts Gravel was added to bring more texture to the inner circle.

Hope, a word stamp from the ATCoins Set 11, inked with black ink, stamped onto scrap paper.

With Distress Crayons, I added depth to some of the circles.

Inking up only tiny areas of the Mini stamp, added stamped texture to the paper.

Please stay safe !
Lynne x

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  1. Such a beautiful piece of artwork Lynne. I love circles and the way you layered them up here is so gorgeous. Love the simplicity of embellishing too.
    Fliss xx

  2. Thank you Fliss, yes I didn't want too many embellishments with this, trying to allowing for a sense of openess.
    I am slightly obsessed with That's Crafty's A4 Circles stencil :) xx


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