On the cover
e-Magazines - Issue 17 (Dec 2008) (Public)
Monday, 01 December 2008 23:00

Botanical prints are making a comeback and we will see floral prints everywhere this summer. No better time to start your own fashion with this creative botanical canvas for your scrap studio or make one for your friend who loves gardening. The possibilities are endless and your own creativity is what will make it priceless.

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imagine e-Magazine Issue 17 (December 2008) Cover
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imagine e-Magazine Issue 17 (December 2008) Cover (Styled Photo)
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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Actual Artwork)

Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte
I have re-developed my love for canvas art and creating beautiful pieces of art for my studio, home and office. Unlike all the other pieces this one has a collage style filled with bits and pieces that surround a botanical clip-art image by Artchix Studio. I first painted the canvas, added some book paper and old clothing patterns and then added the elements on top. Some parts are raised for added dimension.
Botanical image by Artchix Studio. Patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket. Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Other: Lace, envelopes, tags, stamps, ink, buttons & embroidery thread.

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

Add dimension to exciting paper flowers by creating a ruffled flower on top using old dress makers patterns. Layer the ruffled flower on top of the paper flower using a contrasting brad. Use plain manilla shipping tags and stamp generic script images in brown onto the tags. If you have a stunning script handwriting why not write some beautiful quotes onto the tags instead. Use them as photo matts or as decorative elements. A piece of cardstock with holes in that comes from an old button tag is added below the botanical print just for fun.

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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 4)
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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 5)
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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 6)

Botanical images were printed onto patterned paper and commercial cardstock with a texture and then used on the canvas. For the pink flower image I printed it twice, cut out the one image on the pink paper and raised it by adhering it to the bottom image with foam squares. The rest of the botanical images were simply printed on textured cardstock, inked around the edges and then adhered to the cardboard before adhering it to the canvas. The envelope acts as a background for punched shapes and its beautiful natural buff colour allows it to fit in perfectly with the rest of the images.

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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 7)
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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 8)
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Botanical Canvas by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 9)

What would a botanical canvas be without a few winged things to keep the flowers company. The small butterfly is punched out of printed paper, lightly inked around the edges in creamy brown chalk ink and finished off with a diamante centre. One part of a wing is stamped onto white cardstock in dark brown chalk ink and then a layer of glitter glue brushed across it to add some sparkle. The single wing is then tucked underneath the left side of the botanical print in the centre of the canvas. A piece of delicate green lace adds a touch of old world charm to the rest of the paper filled canvas.

This article is an online reproduction of page 5-9 of imagine e-magazine issue 17 (December 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.