Tuesday 5 March 2013

Michelle Webb #2 .... I Have A Thing For Old Doors

"I have a thing about old doors"!

{One of my favourite subjects is history, and I have a thing about big old doors, I feel like I just want to touch them.  I want put my hand on the door to open it in the very same place someone else would’ve done 400 years ago}.

So when I saw the PaperArtsy stamp of the "big old door", I just had to put it in my journal.

I started off by painting my background with Hey Pesto, Guacamole, Hyde Park, Toad Hall and Holly  Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints. I also used some Zesty Zing and Honey Dew for some highlights. I concentrated my brush strokes in vertical and horizontal strokes only.

I used Olive Green Archival Ink on a "number stamp" (Mini 19) around the page, just bending it in my hands, and not using an acrylic block.  You get a more of a random stamping effect this way. Eventually when the ink dries it will not look as dark.

Mini 19 

I stamped the "Door Stamp" Urban Snapshots – (Arched Apertures 2) onto Crackly Tissue Paper. This way I could colour the door on the back and stick it into my journal. 


I painted the back of the tissue paper with Smoked Paprika around the outside and Chocolate Pudding for the door. I dried off the paint gently so as not to burn the tissue.

Then painted over the dry paint with Snowflake, this helps the colour to stand out against the dark background.

The colour is there but is looking a bit pale. It needed something to make it stand out more.

I painted a Satin Glaze over the top of the stamped area to make the colour stand out even more and make the image sharper.
{Note from Leandra: as smoked Paprika is a translucent colour, you could have also added it on top of the stamped image on the front of the crackly tissue, and the black would not be compormised at all, but the colour would look much deeper and brighter. People can see my YouTube video here for more detail on how to achieve this}

I stuck the Crackly Tissue Paper into my journal using the Satin Glaze too {it makes a great adhesive}

I started to stamp around the image to add extra layers. In keeping with the medieval door, I picked an "old English text stamp" (Mini 26) to randomly stamp all over the page. 

Mini 26

I used various shades of green and yellow Archival Inks to stamp the text.  I also used the paint splodge stamp (Mini 57) on the top right corner of the page.

Mini 57

I made my own words on the computer and printed them off, then distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I finished the page off with some vertical and horizontal white and black lines using an old reward card (a tip I got from Kate Crane), it looks great doesn’t it? I love those little touches.

Join me again tomorrow for some more "painty" antics. 


Leandra Says: Oh the door looks fantastic how you have managed to blend it into the page with the stamping, and extra painted additions. Beautiful!

Gillian Says: Totes Amazeballs Michelle (in the words of Mrs PA) .... I LOVE from the colours to the images to the little finishing details, one of my very fav projects of yours so far!

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Unknown said...

I shall be having a go at this (ish) at the weekend, coz I actally have that stamp!!!! Woohoo!!!! Fantastic page Michelle. Hugs Jax

Unknown said...

I shall be having a go at this (ish) at the weekend, coz I actally have that stamp!!!! Woohoo!!!! Fantastic page Michelle. Hugs Jax

jaine drake said...

Ooo lovely, I have a thing for doors too, this is gorgeous. I love that tissue idea it's so neat.

Alison said...

A wonderful page Michelle! I photographed some lovely old doors when I was in Italy a couple of years ago, must dig them out!
Alison xx

Helen said...

What a fabulous page, Michelle, I know what you mean about doors... can't wait to see what I have to attempt this one, lol!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous page Michelle ! I love the font you've used for the text and the colours are fabulous ! Sue C x

Linda M. Cain said...

I love taking pictures of old doors. I'm just drawn to them. Great job here!!!


Anonymous said...

Very nice page, the colours are great.

Anonymous said...

Love this page . It is colourful and subtle at the same time, that is great crafting.

Trish said...

Another fab page, great vibrant colours again. I shall be trying to convert the idea onto a card :)

Craftyfield said...

Love the colours and layers... and the door, though sadly I don't have this stamp.

Words and Pictures said...

Wonderful seeing the layers build up - what a glorious page!
Alison x