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e-Magazines - Issue 15 (Oct 2008) (Public)
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 21:00

Celebrate the romance of Paris with a canvas that will remind you of days gone by. Fill it with passion, romantic elements, favourite images and a stroke of genius or two using acrylic paints and printed tissue paper. Take a trip to your favourite destination and make a canvas that will fit right into your own frame of mind as well as your creative spot.

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Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Actual Artwork)

Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte
Inspired by a stunning image of the majestic Eiffel Tower I made a canvas to place in my studio. The base of the canvas was made using a combination of printed book pages, printed tissue news paper, acrylic paint and embossed images. Romantic elements like the silk rose, tags, pewter doorknob, vintage buttons and lace were used to create an overall romantic feel and look.
Tissue paper & doorknob by 7Gypsies. Cardstock by Worldwin. Patterned paper & Eiffel Tower image by Artchix. Silver leafing pen by Krylon. Foam stamp, ribbon & acrylic paint by Making Memories. Gesso by Windsor & Newton. Stamps by Paper Bag Studios. Other: Tags, vintage buttons, beads, silk rose, lace, hat pin, embroidery thread & white gel pen.

Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 1)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 2)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 3)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 4)

Paris When you've walked up the Rue La Paix at Paris, been to the louvre and the Tuileries, And to Versailles, although to go so far is a thing not quite consistent with your ease, And - but the mass of objects quite a bar is To my describing what the traveller sees. You who have ever been to Paris, know; And you who have never been to Paris -- go!. -John Ruskin

Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 5)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 6)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 7)
Paris Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 8)

Dyed Tags
Combine a pewter doorknob with a myriad of dyed tags for a beautiful accent. I used a weak solution of Walnut ink stain to dye my tags. Place your tags on a craft sheet and spread them out before liberally spraying them with the walnut ink. Leave them to soak and dry overnight in the solution. The puddles that form create a beautiful texture and pattern on the tags as it slowly dries. If you are in a hurry, dry your tags using a heat gun or iron them.

Rosy Details
Silk flowers can be quite kitch, but then you get the kind that are soft and life like and totally different. Look out for beautiful roses and other flowers that you can use in your altered art projects. The edges of the petals were covered in a thin layer of glitter glue for a delicate and classy touch of bling. I also removed some of the leaves from the back of the rose and used them to create different accents by adding a hat pin and some hand sewn stitches.

Stamped images are great to use for filling empty spaces and for adding background details to plain cardstock or even a bare piece of canvas. Anything from foam stamps, to art rubber stamps and acrylic stamps will do. Use different mediums to stamp with such as dye inks, pigment inks, acrylic paint and even gesso to create further interest. After you have stamped your image add more details using leafing pens in gold or silver and white gel pens.

Texture can change a dull and boring piece of art into something spectacular. To add texture to my canvas I used pearls with glitter on them from an old necklace. I simply removed the pearls and adhered them to the canvas using a strong adhesive such as Tombow mono-multi. Chunky stamped and embossed images in white further added subtle textures to the uncovered canvas areas as well as the printed book pages that covers the canvas.

This article is an online reproduction of page 7-10 of imagine e-magazine issue 15 (October 2008) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.