I wanted cheap stuff because I'm not a pro and half the time I end up in disastrous projects!
So I head out one day, get myself a pre-streched canvas board. It was wrapped in plastic. I decided to move on with the project by leaving the packing plastic on there so that just in case I end up in a mess atleast the canvas underneath would be brand new ;)
Printed a damask image from google on A4 sized paper and cut it into random sized stripes. (I used my kitchen knife!! did not have a cutter ! ) Arranged it on top of snake print papier mache paper. The gold card paper was the exact size as the canvas. I used glue to adhere it to the canvas.
To add a finishing detail I used green ribbon to 'frame' the canvas as it was looking untidy. Just glued the ribbon on the edges.