Life is Beautiful Canvas Tutorial


Hello, G45ers!

  Life is Beautiful today on the Graphic 45 blog, we have another week of Brand Ambassador Introductions filled with creativity and tutorials.  To start the week off we are excited to introduce you to the lovely and talented, Janus Zate.  For her #G45Selfie – June Challenge Janus has created a stunning Mixed Media Canvas using our retired collection, Botanical Tea, however, this layout would look stunning done with any Graphic 45 collection.  So grab your papers and watercolors and create along with this fun video tutorial, and when you are done be sure to leave a warm welcome in the comments below.  


Janus Aragones-Zate – Philippines

Graphic 45 2020-2021 Brand Ambassador


“Janus Aragones-Zate is a multi-faceted artist and designer. Her creative journey began with inspirations from her passion for books and video games. With a curious mind and a thirst for creative discovery, she has explored both digital and traditional art forms; from digital design, illustrations and 3D graphics, to watercolor, art journaling, scrapbooking and mixed media art, her little hobby has turned into something more than she would have truly expected. 


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Life if Beautiful Canvas
By Janus Zate 


Hello G45ers! I’m Janus Zate from the Philippines. I’m very excited about being a part of Graphic 45’s Brand Ambassadors for 2020-2021 alongside such a talented group of people. 


Let me share with you a bit about myself. My design and crafting life started off in high school. I’ve been making random scrapbooks at that age but I was never as dedicated – *cough* addicted *cough* as I am now.


I am a freelance artist by profession working on both digital platforms and traditional medium. 


My crafting style often leans towards vintage, shabby chic, and florals. Graphic 45 has been able to let me explore that style in a more diverse approach with their paper designs.



Today I’m showing you a mixed media layout using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection. I love using various materials on my designs [because we all hoard and we have to justify that! *laughs*]. I also love adding watercolour to my works because it adds my own personality to the project.



Craft Tip: If you are going for plain backgrounds with watercolor washes, use colours that are in the same palette as the collection you are using to make it look more cohesive.



Craft Tip: When working with a layout with a single focal point (one particular subject, ie. photo or in my project’s case, the shaker) position in slightly off-center. It makes the entire composition more aesthetically pleasing for the viewer


Video Tutorial:

Mixed Media Canvas by Janus Zate for Graphic 45



Graphic 45 Supply List:  


    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 : Botanical Tea

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 :  Flora

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 :  Hello Friend

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 : Herbal Infusion

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 : Sweet Chamomile

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 : Just Because

    • Botanical Tea Collection 8×8 : Love Notes

    • Graphic 45 Chipboard (Any collection)


Other Supplies:

  • Watercolor Paints and Brushes
  • Watercolor Paper 200gsm (8"x10")
  • Watercolor Paper 200gsm (8"x10")
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun
  • Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Lace Fabric
  • Doilies & intage Resin Mould
  • Pink Foam Sheet (to add dimensions)
  • Acetate & Sequins (for shaker)
  • White Glitter Statement Sticker


Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed this little project.” ~Janus





Happy Papercrafting!    


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