Jowilna started her paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg. Whilst she has been playing with paper and creating her own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. She also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time.
Traveling abroad to trade shows like Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany and CHA in America gave her an even broader insight into paper and its many uses. This prompted a keen interest in stamping, especially in the craft industry where scrapbooking seems to be her favourite. She gained a lot of knowledge of the industry and was fortunate enough to spend time with the owners of Ranger Industries at their premises making the journey even more significant.
She has since gone on to be editor of two scrapbooking and craft magazines as well as being a contributing editor to several other craft magazines currently on the market. She has realized her dream of working in publishing while sharing her passion and knowledge of stamping, card making and scrapbooking. Her work has been published extensively in local magazines and on the internet as well as in international publications such as Somerset Studios, Take Ten magazine, and Catch Up Issues. Her love for publishing and sharing ideas, tips and techniques shifted her onto another career path and saw the publication of her first book in 2008. Her second book in 2010 titled “scrap-boek” was the fourth bestselling book in South Africa and was sold out within a month of being published and a second print run ordered.
Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of her love for card making and stamping that also accommodates her love and passion for photography. She currently teaches regular classes and hosts workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making. She also keeps herself occupied by writing online articles for Scrapcouture. She lives a full-filled God given life by creating beautiful projects, keeping memeories and sharing ideas for Wholesalers of craft products in South Africa like The Wholesaler, Lady Pattern Paper, Chiswick to mention a few. Honoured to a part of The Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts design team working with her favourite inks since 1999. Her motto seems to be really simple – Don’t sweat the small stuff when it comes to crafting. It has to be quick, easy and fun! Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy making sense of things where life cannot, and Jowilna has tuned her life into this philosophy.
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I absolutely loved working with these printed images. I wanted to create a light hearted layout using a photo of my niece – wild and free kind of like these Spring flowers. The colours are so soft and fragile and complimented the black and white photograph perfectly. I wanted the flowers in colour to speak loudly and a colour photo would have competed too much with these beautiful images. I think it is a perfect combination and tells such an amazing story – the perfect combination of wild and free with a really thoughtful message.
What a privilege to work with such amazing images – to honour the art of such an amazing person/artist and beautiful soul like Wilna!
Here’s how I create my layout
Print the Spring Frame to fit over a 6×6” photograph. Cut out the centre of the frame and cut around the outside edge.
Make sure that the printed frame fits over the photo without covering up too much. Adhere the frame to the photo using Tombow adhesive.
Ink the edges of the cut out flowers to hide any cutting marks.
Use watercolour paint to add some colour to vintage book paper. Combine two different shades of blue for interest to add the colour wash.
assemble your layout – add a strip of patterned paper to the top edge of your background. Adhere the painted book paper to the top edge vertically centred. Adhere the framed photo and add additional cut out Spring flowers using foam tape for added dimension.
Cut out butterflies from the May florals and adhere to the right side of the frame.
use yellow acrylic paint to add dimensional stamen details to the flowers. Use a burnishing tool to pick up a small amount of yellow paint and stamp the paint into the centre of the flowers. Leave to dry.
Add printed wording from the Spring Phrases at the top and bottom edges of the photo. Finish off your layout with machine and hand sewing, sequins, and paint splats.
Add additional journaling stamping and finishing touches as desired to personalise your layout. I hope this has inspired you to use these beautiful images to create your own works of He(ART).