The Beginning of Always by Lynne Moncrieff



With That's Crafty! having such a range of surfaces, I often forgot particular styles, such as the fabulous MDF Tags (which are also available as white/greyboard). 

For this project, I was aiming for an earthy, primitive feeling with the dominance of circles and the inclusion of the twig, with hints of Interference Gold paint to mimic the sense of sunlight.


PaperArtsy Collection Desgined by Lynne Perrella LPC005
PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB20
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tag Pack of 6 #10
That's Crafty! CraftyBoard! Journal (scrap piece of Craftyboard used )
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paint: Copper, White, Interference Gold
That's Crafty! Pearl Inks: Bronze,  Copper, Tree Bark, Black
That's Crafty! Medium Walnut Ink Crystals
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
That's Crafty! A4 Stencil Circles
Archival Ink Jet Black
Extras: Twig, Black Stabilo Watersoluble Pencil


Previously I had prepared a stack of cardstock with That's Crafty! media. To start from the beginning, two sheets of white cardstock (300gsm) and smaller sheet or scrap cardstock of similar weight.
Onto one sheet of card, misting with water before applying Walnut Ink and White paint, working quickly, almost pounding downwards into the card to create texture. Before this dries, dropping the Pearl Inks onto the card then misting with water, allowing the colour to blend, applying more Walnut Ink if required.Taking another sheet of plain cardstock, pressing down onto the sheet with the media, quickly lifting the card. This creates more texture onto the original card. Leave to almost dry and then with dry brush technique, apply white Gesso, barely touching the surface. Allow to air dry.

Onto another sheet of cardstock, clear Gesso was applied first before applying walnut ink and misting with water.  To this, Black and Tree Bark Pearl Inks applied, misting with water again. Allowing to air dry to not disturb patterns formed.

The first sheet becomes the  background paper to be adhered to the MDF tag. The second sheet, has three circles of varying sizes, traced and cut from the A4 Circles Stencil. Once cut out, creating splatters with Bronze and Copper Pearl Inks.

After abrading the edges of the circles, stacking them before adhering to the tag.

For the smaller sheet or scrap cardstock, mist with water before applying Black, Tree Bark and Copper Pearl Inks, mist with water again if required and then allow to air dry. Once dry, stamping small stamp from LPC005, with Jet Black ink.

Cutting out the sun, it was adhered to centre of the stacked circles.

Before applying touches of the Interference Gold Paint, three more circles were cut from the original sheet of cardstock, selecting the darkest areas.

The Interference Gold Paint applied to the background

with a light touch of the paint added to the twig, as though sunlight.

Always looking for words to add to my projects, I once again turn to PaperArtsy EAB, this time the Night & Day set and the quote "Remember tonight... for it is the beginning of always." Partially inking up this stamp to provide the words "the beginning of always", stamped onto scrap card and as I wanted dimension to this, layering onto scrap Craftboard from one of the Journal sets, so easy to curve the CraftyBoard before layering to the tag.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.


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  1. Stunning textured artwork Lynne. The stacked circles are fabulous and love all the little details you've added.
    Fliss xx


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