Nature Study (Somerset Studio)

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This project is another article in the Jan/Feb issue of Somerset Studio, it was in answer to an art call for the colour Olive which isn’t a colour which I would normally reach for but I knew I had PaperArtsy olive Fresco so I had no excuse to dive in. It was packaging which inspired me, cardboard packaging from Amazon (I always have to battle with my conscience when I say their name!!!) which has almost a folder appearance to it.
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I wanted it to become a Nature Study portfolio with not only green to transform the cardboard packaging but also a Green ethos to the items I reached for throughout.
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The folder opens to reveal a panel of tree bark, embellished with a piece of found paper, stamped and layered with a beautiful feather and for the right side, where a book or other item would normally be packaged, this is the area where the art panels are stored.
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The jute twine ties this element to close it,
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A cluster of stamped tags, it was probably walnut ink (I keep a large jar which I top up when required and so far, no sign of mould appearing) I used to stain the found paper/cardstock.  All of those stamps are from Character Constructions.  That is one of the many reasons I adore Character Constructions, not only for the stunning paper dolls stamps but there are also so many detail stamps included on the plates.
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The rear which was stamped with a script stamp (PaperArtsy ESN) and a beautiful fern stamp).
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Inside the portfolio there are four panels which are all substrates of birch tree bark which I have randomly painted. There are layers and layers and texture upon texture, all items from around the home and garden. Some items again stained with walnut ink and I was so pleased, without going out of my way, I discovered that piece of book text.
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Tree bark, burlap, muslin, brown packing paper, cardboard paper and a wooden button/bead from a piece of clothing.
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Loose fibres gives the impression of nesting material within the stamped nest, which was stamped onto birch tree bark
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I peeled back a layer of the tree bark to place this stamped image of the nest behind it.
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Panel Two which features another Red Lead bird stamp
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which was stamped onto resin paper or maybe the ICE Resin was applied after stamping…I think I should have referred to the instructions in my article! I know he rests on a MDF heart from That’s Crafty.
Thank you to Dorthe for the driftwood and the sweet wee cone.
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Within the folder, other than the two panels featuring birds, there were two other panels, featuring leaves.
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The leaves were stamped onto deli paper which had the PaperArtsy Freco paint, diluted and applied to create a textural appearance.
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Red Lead have an extensive range of nature themed stamps and they do some of the very best bird stamps you could ever hope to source.
I appreciate, this was a very long blog post with lots of photos so huge thanks if you managed to stay until the end!
Wishes
Lynne

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Muse Journals (Greencraft)

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This trio of journals were made in 2016, with one being made as a DT project for Darkroom Door.  I enjoyed making the journal so I set about making two more.
The resin paper journals article appears in the summer issue of Greencraft magazine.  Greencraft is focused on re-cycling, re-purposing, etc, a fabulous magazine from Stampington & Co.  The re-purposed elements on my journals were old book pages, transformed into resin paper and found packaging, which I stamped the Darkroom Door stamps onto.
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I have to thank my lovely friend Dorthe as she gifted that lovely copper and ivory fabric to me and it has been something I have reached for time and again for projects, the colours and the textures are perfectly suited for me.
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The details for the journals are all within the Greencraft article but I’m not giving anything away by saying that each journal features a Relics & Artifacts.  They seemed so suited to team up with the Darkroom Door stamps, particularly the Word Block stamp.
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The found paper/card was made grungy before stamping.
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I like how the hand appears to be reaching for a pencil.
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This is a detail of the resin paper.  It is so addictive to make, in fact I really need to be making some more, must do so before winter sets in as I prefer as much ventilation as possible.
Thank you always for your visits. I feel distanced from on-line activity so when I do manage to up-date my blog and read your comments, it means a great deal to me.
Wishes
Lynne

A Word In Your Ear (Greencraft)

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I’ve been a real straggler this year and have got so much to catch-up with.
This post features a trio of ear-rings published in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft magazine,
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This submission came about, simply from tidying up scraps of resin paper.  Although those scraps would not have been destined for the rubbish bin, I’d have most likely incorporated them into various projects but as I did the simple act of stacking similar sized pieces in my hands, from somewhere, the idea of ear-rings came straight into my head.
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Pearls always bring a wee touch of elegance and they were a nice contrast to the resin paper.
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As a means of keeping the ear-rings tidy for their journey from Scotland to the U.S., I formed some simple packaging, again it was in keeping with the greencrafting theme.  I don’t have photos but I then wrapped them in burlap.
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Springtime In The Secret Garden (Somerset Studio)

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Somerset Studio set Challenge Calls, always with wonderful themes.  Last year, one of the themes was In The Garden, with the results published in the Mar/April issue. On receiving my complimentary issue, for articles published, as I flicked through the magazine, I was delighted to see that two assemblage panels submitted in answer to that challenge call, were published.
Redlead, in my mind, have some of the most beautiful bird themed stamps available. The birds that feature on each assemblage are from the Perching Birds set.
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Even though I stamped onto watercolour paper, the beautiful detail of the stamp was still captured.
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Redlead’s sentiments/labels are amongst my most inked up.  I never tire of them. This label is from the Little Labels: A Little Bird Told Me (as is the Secret Garden label).
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This stencil is a Dinky Stencil (That’s Crafty), Abstract Stone., one of my great favourites.
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Nothing compares, in my mind, to aged papers, this was from my dear friend Dorthe, I simply stamped the Red Lead label onto it and layered it to a tattered elements.
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The second panel
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which is really a partner to the first.
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Forming little tattered gatherings, such as this, is my place of contentment.
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I liked the crafted texture of the Dinky Stencil Brick alongside the natural texture from the tree bark.
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Thank you so much for your visits and loyalty.
Wishes
Lynne

Remember Life Lessons

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Today, over at the That’s Crafty blog, I am sharing a lengthy post (!) featuring a journal I made as a sample for when That’s Crafty appeared on HOCHANDA.
That’s Crafty stock a variety of journals, including the one I worked with, the A6 white/greyboard journal with acrylic cover.
A peek at one of the double page spreads within the journal.
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With this being a peek at the acrylic cover of the journal.journalcoverlynnemoncrieff
Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Intentions, Destiny & Following Dreams – A Wanderlust Paper Prayer Flag (Somerset Studio)

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Earlier this year I had an article published in Somerset Studio, relating to a paper prayer flag I made after watching a Wanderlust 2016 tutorial from Kasia Avery.
Although I had great intentions from day one (when I signed up for 2016), to watch and work alongside the tutorials as they were released, as they say, life got in the way.  However, Kasia’s tutorial caught my eye.  I pondered why it was, that this one caught my attention so instantaneously and realised that her approach was so familiar to me.
Strangely, when I began the flag, it seemed a newer direction for me but on completion, the realisation that the process of the items I  gathered, which was all instinctively and my approach for staining the various papers and textiles, was not for me new at all. Other lessons were re-affirmed, that for me I am most content when I go with the flow and do not question choices being made once I begin a project.   Also, the importance of words and another lesson I did learn, that for me, I do not need to turn my back onto old favourites, including vintage laces, the layering of those tattered elements is my form of story telling.

I want to make it clear that I gave due credit to Wanderlust and Kasia Avery within my article and the significance of Wanderlust to me.
Stamps
Redlead Paperworks
Little Labels Celebrate Today
Labels – Believe, Create, etc
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Various resin pieces were used throughout, either stamped before the resin applied, stamped onto resin paper or simply scraps of resin paper.
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This wonderful Frozen Charlotte face (I think it is either paperclay or papier mache) was a gift from Dorthe Hansen.
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The Redlead stamps are some of my absolute favourites and the Affirmation style words were exactly what I wanted for my paper prayer flag.
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Although this will not be returned to me from Stampington, when working on it, I had this idea of positive words and thoughts being carried in the breeze as the wind gently
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sways the prayer flag.
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The heart has spirit – the heart is paperclay, it is a PaperArtsy LPC stamp.
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A jumble of textiles which if this flag were displayed in a garden, would become more tattered but I believe that would only enhance the beauty of the textiles and even the papers.
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Mica tile layered to this particular stamped label.
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I am sharing my own photos but I could not have wished for a more beautifully photographed article within the pages of Somerset Studio and that is thanks to Christen Hammons and her Somerset Studio team and to generously (and surprisingly) include the presentation package which I couldn’t have imagined they would also include.
Thank you for your visit to this scheduled post.
Wishes
Lynne

She Sees Clearly (@PaperArtsy)

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This evening I am delighted to be returning to the PaperArtsy blog for Topic #6 Resin.
There were so many possibilities with this Topic but here is a sneaky peek of what I finally opted to make for my tutorial.
All details can be viewed HERE, over at the PaperArtsy blog.
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Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you like my tutorial.
Wishes
Lynne

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