Well if, like me, you are enchanted by doors then the challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog at the moment might be perfect for you as it is all about Windows, Doors and Architecture. Yesterday it was my turn to be on the blog so I made this interactive art journal page.
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I went with a grungy look using DecoArt black modeling paste roughly through the Retro shapes stencil I designed for PaperArtsy PS040. I was going for a street look, rough and dirty with an odd little door that you might have just walked past without seeing. It looks out of place so almost magical.
So I didn't need the whole stencil design in the background just touches of it to add texture to the background. I also added in lines to ground the door so that it wasn't just free-floating and to give an idea of the larger architecture that the door might belong to.
The door is from the PaperArtsy HP1601 stamp set and is a lovely architectural feature, but have you spotted the interactive part of my project, yet? Ok so it isn't so secret! Yes, I've made the doors so that they open and there is something hidden behind them.
If you want to do this too, it is really simple. First you just add a little space so that you can put something behind the doors. To add this dimension I've first stamped the image on cardboard from an old box, trimmed it down into a frame that is smaller than the door image. I then stamped the door on paper painted brown and again on paper painted purple and cut out the frame and doors separately from those images but making sure that you have an overlap on the door part so that you can stick the overlap to the back of the frame.
I also made sure that the back of the doors had some colour too so that when they were open you still get that splash of colour on the inside of the doors. Then it is just a case of layering up the cardboard, doors and door frame and sticking the panel to the background.
For the little secret behind the door I made a flower using one of the circle flowers from the EKD06 set and a leaf from the EKD05 set that I designed for PaperArtsy and put them on a stem of wire coiled around a pen. Because they are on coiled wire they can easily 'pop' put when the door is open but you can push them back in to the gap made by the cardboard frame so that they are hidden again when the door is closed.
Voila, a cute, grungy, interactive project.
Hope it inspires you make your own window or door themed project and if you do don't forget to go and link it up to the PaperArtsy challenge blog post to be in with a chance to win money to spend at PaperArtsy.