Obviously the rosemary sprigs are the main focal point of the piece, but the labels added this new apothecary dimension, so I decided they needed something to balance and back them up in that idea. What better than a couple of little apothecary jars?
These were bought at a cheapy shop (they were full of glitter or glass crystals or something - six for a pound), and I decided to give them a little makeover with some of the PaperArtsy Frosting Glaze FF111. I dabbed it on with a sponge, aiming for some more texture for the theme...
Then it was on to the labels... I had a similar plan to use the individual words from the stamp set... the four botanist's words, one for each label. And then I handwrote in some details from my "botanist's studies" of their subject, and doodled simple lines around the edge to frame them.
I had planned to let the labels speak for themselves, but there's a reason I'm known as "Words and Pictures", and I was craving some extra words. Luckily, the stamp set has a quote ready and waiting (well, it's not luck, it's because that's the way I chose to design the sets!), so I stamped and trimmed that to add to the dimensional collage.
It's partially obscured by the baby's breath (which also makes it really hard to get the camera to focus on the thing you want!), but I really don't mind that. They are the beautiful words Ophelia speaks in Hamlet as she is grieving for her father, but I think they can also have a lovely romantic slant to them if you prefer.
The fibres and the baby's breath give everything a real sense of movement and organic randomness, but I can never resist just a touch of random splatter to finish things off. I find it gives a kind of life and energy to a creation. And I really adore how the tiny speckles of Fresco Snowflake (the perfect white spatter paint, with a touch of water added, of course) look on my apothecary jars. The glue is dry now, you'll notice, and completely invisible.