Project:  Summer Door

Created by Prudy Vannier, Helping Artist

Prudy Vannier owns and operates Prudy’s Studio, Inc., a publishing company for decorative art books and pattern packets specializing in acrylic painting. Vannier’s style is fun, whimsical, and lighthearted, which can be readily seen in her series of Fairy Door pieces. Learn more about Vannier on her Spotlight page or visiting her online at

This example of Vannier’s signature Fairy Door series embraces the idea of re-purposing by transforming an abandoned picture frame into a new piece. The embellishments on the door can be created either with new pieces or re-purposed treasures from other discarded craft pieces. The warm colors and swirled stucco look are charming examples of Vannier’s signature style.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DAO54 Bright Green
  • DA266 Orange Twist
  • DA293 Persimmon
  • DAO6 Pineapple
  • DA252 Lemonade
  • DAO56 Olive Green
  • DA178 Blue Mist
  • DA190 Winter Blue
  • DA167 Payne’s Grey
  • DAO1 Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO67 Lamp (Ebony) Black

Americana Gloss Enamels

  • DAG70 Shimmering Silver

Glamour Dust Glitter

  • DGD04 Tiger Orange

Paintable Textures

  • TX04 Fine

Sealers / Finishes

  • DS101 DecouPage Gloss
  • DAS12 Americana Gloss Spray

Additional supplies


  • Wood frame


  • Craft glue
  • Palette knife
  • Various embellishments
  • Narrow ribbon in the color scheme
  • Scharff brushes: Series 140 #12, #8


  1. Embellish the wood frame with beads, balls, disks, and wheels — whatever you find that might fancy your piece up a bit. Use glue and/or tack them down.
  2. Use a palette knife to coat the background piece with Texture Fine. Make rows of swirls in it with a brush handle.
  3. While the texture is still wet, press the door, porch pieces, hinges, and windows into it. Allow to dry completely.


Stucco background

  1. On your palette have puddles of Orange Twist and Persimmon. Using a lot of water and a large flat brush, paint areas of the stucco in both colors for a mottled effect.
  2. When dry, drybrush Pineapple over the swirl pattern. When that is dry, brush Tiger Orange Glamour Dust over it.


  1. Paint both pieces with Lemonade.
  2. Drybrush Olive Green over them so that the Lemonade shows through slightly.
  3. Use the #6 flat to paint Lamp Black stripes on the edges. Use a stylus to dot the other areas with Titanium White.


  1. Cut the complementary decorative paper to fit the door. Decoupage it to the door with DecoArt Decou-Page following directions on the bottle.
  2. The door knob is composed of a large peg topped with a smaller bead. The peg is painted Shimmering Silver. The bead is Pineapple. Glue or tack the pieces together and attach to the door.
  3. Hinges are antique silver flower charms. Glue them in place.


  1. Paint insides of windows Winter Blue.
  2. Float Payne’s Grey down the left side and across the bottom.
  3. Drybrush Titanium White diagonally in the center area.


  1. Use your computer to print sign onto paper and cut to fit the small wood sign piece. (Hint: use Microsoft Word and the Curlz font.) Decoupage the paper to the wood.
  2. The flower piece was purchased at a local craft store. It can easily be duplicated with small pieces of wood and painted in appropriate colors.
  3. Glue all pieces above the door.


  1. Paint the entire frame Blue Mist.
  2. Drybrush Olive Green over it. Add more drybrushing with Bright Green.
  3. The embellishments are painted Pineapple, Orange Twist, and Bright Green.
  4. Orange Twist embellishments have stylus dots of Titanium White. Pineapple embellishments have dots of Lamp Black.
  5. Spray with Gloss Sealer.
  6. Thin Lamp Black with water. Using a large brush, cover a section at a time and then wipe with a damp paper towel to antique.

Finishing touches

  1. Varnish all wood pieces.
  2. Attach the center to the frame.
  3. Cut 6 strands of ribbon (2 of each color) 26″ long. Tie them to the top sides. Trim them at different lengths and tie beads at the ends to embellish.
  4. Cut more ribbon in 7″ lengths to tie across the top. Trim as necessary.