Creating a Canvas with Old & New

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

11 February, 2015 - , , , ,

Uniquely You

Hello Maja Design fans! Gabrielle here with  you today to share a canvas I made using some older bits of my scrapping stash mixed with some beautiful Maja Design papers.  I had recently been browsing on Pinterest and found this artist out of Singapore, named Grace Ciao, who makes fashion designs out of real fresh flowers….I  thought the artwork was beautiful but at the same time thought it sad that they could not last being that they were made from fresh flowers.  It got me to thinking about some very large Prima blooms that I had bought many, many years ago when I first started out scrapping.  I realized that they would be perfect to make up some lovely couture canvas designs.  Yesterday I shared one canvas that I made out of one of the other flower petals (also shared a video tutorial on how I made it as well).  Today I’m sharing another canvas using some pink/cream petals from my stash.



I used a variety of papers from the Maja, Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Spring Basics collections. I used the center of the ‘March 1st’ paper (from Vintage Spring Basics) for the body of my couture figure as well as the pretty Daffodil images in the corners of the paper for my canvas background.  In the center of the canvas I used ‘1910’ from Vintage Summer Basics, and then cut out a heart shape from ‘1909-bs’ also from the Vintage Summer collection.

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I always feel that the Maja papers are beautifully complimented by Dusty Attic chipboard, in this case I used a new chipboard design called ‘Elegant Swirls #3’ to top my canvas. I used a stencil that was designed by a lovely and talented friend of mine, Janene Meyerowitz to make the wings behind the figure and to add the lattice design in the corners.  Running down the side of the canvas I used a piece called ‘Branch #3’ and in the bottom corner I used a corner chippie from the DeVine frame set.

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Running down the side of the canvas I used a Dusty Attic chipboard piece called ‘Branch #3″ that I just gave a coat of Gesso and inked with some Ingvild Bolme ‘Moss Garden’ chalk ink, and some Branch Bark ink by her, as well.  In the bottom right corner I added a corner chippie from the DeVine Frame Set (Dusty Attic).  The dress design was made entirely of a couple of the petals I had from an old, old Prima box.  (I’m sure you can use petals from just about any silk/fabric flower you have in your stash).


I sketched out a couture figure to create my canvas design and saved the page as a template.  Just right click on the photo and ‘save image as’ to your computer if you would like to try using my sketch for one of your projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today, I always enjoy reading your comments and feedback! xo


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