The base is an 8x10 inch piece of thick chip board. (Well, I have lots of that since I bought 75 pieces off ebay a while back, so I might as well use it.) And I glued down torn pieces of National Geographic pages, then sanded them, then used an awl to etch over them in order to distress the piece. Then rubbed over it with brown paste shoe polish and Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic. A new product for me, and one I'm very much in love with. Then I glued down some strips of netted fabric, and used a triple tip paintbrush to paint the black lines. I also used a toilet paper cardboard core to stamp the large circles. And then a foam stamp for the numbers, and a stencil for the hearts.
Gee, layering isn't so hard or intimidating.... as long as I don't think about it or focus on it. I seem to be into torn NG pages at the moment, but hey, if it works, why not? I have lots of NG mags, so I might as well use them. But I'm thinking torn pages from other mags could work too.
Am I out of the abyss yet? Well, probably not, but at least I'm headed in the right direction. At any rate, I'm pleased with this piece and thrilled I have some new art to post. And truthfully, after the week I've had, that's good enough for me.
Over and out for now. Onward and upward.