Monday 13 March 2017


Over on the PaperArtsy blog, the new theme is Doors, Windows, Architecture. I am totally buzzing with ideas for this one, especially after Darcy's wonderful intro.

I began by selecting some Background paper stash from a vintage PaperArtsy collection.

I worked on this by brayering some neutral frescos , a bit of stamping, some distress inks applied from my craftmat in Wrinkle free distress method, some of Seth Apter's wonderful Green Patina paint and a bit of inky drippage. 
I stamped the Doorway from HP1601 and, as it looked as though it was floating, restamped bits of the doorway around to suggest the rest of the building.

By this time, I was so excited, I was shaking. I always get excited, but with this one, I felt that to me it was special........not often, but couldn't wait to see what would happen......sure that I could get pills for this affliction!
I wanted to add to the dramatic atmosphere, so I decided to get Lin Brown to help me with her stamps. Lots of wonderful foliage from ELB26 and ELB29.
Also, I needed some words, and found the perfect ones from HP1605. 
Finally, because the TH Distress inks were fading into the background too much, I used some Acrylic inks for added drama. Was worried that I was going too far, but pleased that I risked it.
In all my excitement, I forgot to mention that is is bonded onto cotton fabric, enabling me to sew a zigzag frame around the edges. Phew! Exhausted, but happy. 
Should I repeat this one, I would make the doorway slightly higher....but that is just me being picky.

As I am also a big fan of "A Vintage Journey", I would like to include this in their challenge which is "All aboard".


  1. What a lovely contribution to the Challenge. I really love those drips, and your idea for creating the impression of the rest of the building was inspired! There is something really exciting and mysterious about your creation, Hazel. xx

  2. So nice Hazel. This piece is so mysterious. I want to see what is behind that door!

  3. This is incredible hazek, so atmospheric x

  4. Hazel, this is wonderful!!! I absolutely love how you hinted at the rest of the building with your bits of stamping.. fabulous and oh, so cool looking!! Wonderful, wonderful page.

  5. Love it Hazel. Makes me think of a stately home and walking through different sections of the gardens. This one needs framing!!!

  6. great speedy work, Hazel! Love it.

  7. This is a wonderful page Hazel,absolutely beatuiful- it would fit the


    Out and About theme as well wonderful !
    Maybe you want to link it again?!
    Happy day!
    oxo Susi

  8. So lovely. Makes me think of a secret garden...want to open the door but afraid it will spoil the mystery! Beautiful!!

  9. Brilliant art work Hazel!! I am going to be drawn into this fantastic atmosphere!! xx

  10. Right I had to come back and try again to leave a comment as this piece is just too fabulous for me not to remark on it. I think this is an absolutely brilliant piece Hazel. I love the paper you used as a base (I missed these when they were available :-( ). It looks almost like an old stucco wall with the patchy stamping you did around the door. The whole thing is very atmospheric and very good. Absolutely amazing!

    Lesley Xx

  11. Superb entry Hazel, it's one of those buildings that you walk past on your holiday and wonder 'who lives in there and I bet those walls could tell a few tales'. FAB X

  12. Magical layers and depth, full of story and history - definitely a shiver of excitement which you can feel even looking at it. I can well imagine the thrill of seeing it emerge on the craft table in front of you.
    Alison x

  13. This is piece has a wonderful mystical, ethereal quality to it. You're right, the leaves add a great deal of depth and frame the doorway so beautifully. I'm glad I looked through the vintage journey entries this month so I could see your work.

  14. Lucy, above, is spot on! This piece definitely has a mystical, ethereal quality to it - magical even. The door looks amazing and I just love those drips you created. This is a stunning piece of art Hazel.

    Thanks so much too, for joining in our 'All Aboard' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  15. Love your project. Never know what you will find behind that door! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  16. Actually the first thing I thought was that I love the way the door is at the bottom, it looks more mysterious that way, leaving everything to the imagination. Great make Hazel!

  17. So fabulous ! I wonder what is behind the door !