Monday 5 August 2013

Sue Carrington #2 Arched Doorway ....

" I was recently looking through some old photographs and I spotted one of a doorway which sparked the idea for this project". 
I cut the arches from thick cardboard using a Sizzix die. 

I cut one of the arches into two and then used a brick stencil with Grunge Paste onto the 2 'doors'.  When it was dry I used Stone Fresco Finish Paint and painted all 3 pieces.

I then sponged Mocha Mousse and Chocolate Pudding over, what will become, the doors.

Then I went around the edges with French Roast adding a little more to where I want the door handles to be.

I made an extra panel for the back as I decided to double up the centre panel to give it some strength. 

I then painted the inside of the doors with a mixture of French Roast and Mud Splat. When the paint was dry I then added a layer of Crackle Glaze

I used Bora Bora for the top coat as I wanted the crackles to be dark showing through the lighter colour on top.  The thicker you apply the paint, the larger the cracks will be.

I sanded the doors a little to make them look shabby, and then stamped them both using a stamp from:

I then used a Diamond Stencil on the centre panel with Moccha Mousse, when it was dry I moved the stencil slightly and used French Roast over the top. I didn’t bother too much about the centre as I knew it would be covered. 

I then cut a small piece of white cotton fabric and stamped the image from the Lynne PerrellaCollection 005 using Black Archival Ink. I re-inked my ink pad before stamping the image to make sure I got a really good image. A tip that I was given at one of Lin Brown’s workshops is not to remove your stamp too quickly when stamping on to fabric. By leaving the stamp in place a little longer the ink sinks in to the fabric. I then heat set it and painted it using Limelight, Beach Hut, Inky Pool and Claret

For the face I used Vintage Lace with a little Butternut mixed in. I then frayed the fabric around all of the edges. 

I’ve used French Roast around the edges with lots of water. I wanted a dark colour so that it would stand out against the paler background of the arch. I had my heat tool to hand so that if the colour started to seep too far I could dry it quickly.

 I then cut four hinges from Grunge Paper using the Hardware 1 die

I’ve painted the hinges with Stone, Chocolate Pudding and finally French Roast

I wanted to use these metal embellishments but I didn’t want them to be silver. So, I used Florentine Treasure Gold to change the colour of them. 

I glued the hinges to the doors and the back of the middle panel. The brads have been painted with LittleBlack Dress and I’ve snipped off the legs and stuck them in place on the hinges. The little door handles are Tim Holtz embellishments which I’ve also snipped the legs off. 

This is what it looks like from the rear. 

The word ‘discovery’ is from

 Eclectica Sara Naumann 06 set

and is stamped onto a little piece of cotton fabric and I sewed a little button to it before gluing it in place.

Here you can see how the metal was changed in colour and I couldn’t resist brushing some more Florentine Treasure Gold around the edges and over the bricks.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project, I’ll be back tomorrow ! 

Leandra Says: Love the whole brick stencil with Grunge paste on the chipboard type card. You did such a great paint effect with the layers of colour on top. And those hinges come in useful for all kinds of projects, you found the perfect way to use them with this idea.Brilliant!

Gillian Says: Oh I'm loving the brick effect on the doors using the neutral tone paints. Another wonderful and detailed project Sue.





Alison said...

Fantastic project Sue! xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful inside & out!

Lin said...

gorgeous!! definitely going to have a go at this one!!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! x

Helen said...

Love it Sue!!

whyducks said...


Carol Q said...

wonderfully textured and coloured doors and hinges Sue. fab project!

Words and Pictures said...

How cool is that - the brickwork looks amazing with those painty layers. Fabulous!
Alison x

jojo79 said...

Love the project Sue. The layers of colour are great.


Glennis F said...

Fabulous project - very inspiring

joanne wardle said...

Beautiful. I love the texture

joanne wardle said...

Beautiful. I love the texture

Sid said...

Fab triptych, love the design !!

ria gall said...

Hi Leandra
that is a totally amazing piece of art that you have created. It is so real and so stunning all the attention to detail
I love it

Ink Art Designs said...

Wow...this looks amazing!!!
Dot x

Julie Lee said...

This is lovely! Thank you for the great tip about stamping on fabric too! This image looks gorgeous and the doors and triptych design that encase it are just fabulous.Julie Ann x

Sandy said...

This is so very clever - love the brick work and the hardware!

Jenny Marples said...

Love that brick wall effect and the contrast with the inner parts, especially that stencilling. Hugs, Jenny x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This is absolutely stunning, I'm so loving the brick wall with paste, and colours are fantastic, I love the use of the hinges and the delightful door knobs, the inside stamping is gorgeous, the treasure gold is the finishing touch, and your attention to detail is stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Another terrific project, Sue! You are Queen of the Stencils! And I love the stamping on fabric,

Lucy x

Kathi said...

So wonderful. I love all the texture, colors, and details.

Rebecca said...

Really like this one :)
Happy craftin

Kezzy said...

Wow wow absolutely gorgeous, I am so wanting to have a go at this. I have a few browns and I never use them so this would be good for me to play :-) Kezzy xxx