I envisioned a jagged edged layered plaque, so I decided to work with watercolor papers and tore them down to size using a ruler. For my base layer I wanted to make a nice earthy background. I used a stencil sponge and applied Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Toad Hall and Chocolate Pudding to my water misted panel. The mist helped avoid harsh lines in the paint. Next I sponged through PaperArtsy Stencil by Lin Brown (PS006) with more Chocolate Pudding. What a beautiful stencil!
I further roughed up all of my edges with a little sponged Walnut Stain ink and some messy stitching. I chose an assortment of fibres to use as a hanger, tied around a broken, mossy branch.
To bring some additional texture and life to the piece, I rubbed over my flowers and the perimeter of the bottom panel with a glue stick, then adhered transfer foil. The subtle metallic shimmer catches the light beautifully and contrasts with the chalk finish of the Fresco paints.