Tuesday 8 April 2014


Will run out of superlatives if I attempt to describe Julie Ann's Theatre. Needless to say, I am  huge fan and she always fires me up!

I decided not to cut up the cover of my journal so went for a rummage and came up with a suitable box with acetate window.
I cut a facade to fit over the front,( 2 actually) one in photo was too clumsy.

I gessoed everything to start and got out all the paints that Julie Ann listed as I love her colour scheme.
I began with the inside of the box and stamped from LPC030 onto white tissue paper in sepia. Then I painted on the back with Mermaid. 
The next step was different from Julie Ann's as I had been watching Hels Sheridan using beeswax and wanted a play. I painted beeswax to the base of my box, overtaxed the tissue and added lots of extra wax around the edges to create texture. I highlighted the texture with Treasure Gold Aquamarine.

I stamped the same sentiment as in the challenge and made curtains from folded tissue which I rubbed with treasure brass and added ribbon.

Next I worked on the facade. layering paint, grungepasting through a stencil, stamping script , rubbing in TG and adding threads. I distress inked the edges for extra definition.

I finished the inside simply as it is much smaller than Julie Ann's, just adding a bee and corners.

I don't have many LP stamps yet so made my own bunting and used stamps from LPCO27 for the front . Again, my theatre is small so I didn't want to overpower it. Will probably make another one as I have ordered more LP stamps!
So there it is, and because it opens at the base, I can stand it up. I hope that you approve Julie Ann, I loved using your fabulous ideas, thanks. x


  1. Wow it looks fantastic Hazel and I just love those curtains - fabulous

    And great excuse to have to order some more LP stamps - hehehehe!!!

    Sam xx

  2. Gorgeous mini theatre Hazel! The great used bee wax that has placed the poem. Brilliant techniques and colours of the theater, Lovely you added the threads. Etsuko xx

  3. Well I think I must be the hazel and julie Ann fan club because I think you are both so talented. As far as inspiration goes, I think she loaded the gun and you have fired on all cylinders. I love that you drew your own stage and I love your curtains. And you certainly used your few lp sets to good effect. I also had to do some more buying. This is so effective and I love it,

    Lucy x

  4. Do I approve? Hazel I am blown away by this! It is terrific! Once again I feel really honoured that you have been inspired to create something so beautiful. I love how you used those new LP stamps on this - the lady in the left hand corner and the background. I hope you'll make lots of theatres and let us see them too! I really am inspired by you too and I can't wait to have a play with beeswax. Thank you so much for joining in and linking your creativity to PaperArtsy this week. It's always such a pleasure to see your work and be invited into your process so warmly, Julie Ann xxx

  5. This looks amazing Hazel, you did a brilliant job, using what you had! I love the beeswax idea too.
    Alison xxx

  6. It looks wonderful Hazel, I love the wax.

  7. Stunning, always a treat to see how you have interpreted the designers project. x

  8. WOW Hazel, your theatre is awesome, a great interpretation of Julie Ann's project. Can see why you love her work so much it is really inspiring and so is yours :-) xxx

  9. Hazel,
    Sorry I'm late in commenting, I've just been overwhelmed this week. This is stunning you always put such wonderful creativity in your interpretation.

  10. Gosh! Your theatre is fabulous! The details are terrific and I love the colour palette. Love it!

  11. wow this is gorgeous Hazel!! stunning colours and an excellent idea using a box!!