I just finished a couple of 4 X 4 chunky pages with a circus theme, so my desk has papers shoved to the side. The paper in the foreground are actually paper placemats. When they get full of paint and glue, I just toss it out and work on a clean one.
I couldn't resist doing a fortune teller with my name. lol I have been experimenting with different finishes. I used Modge Podge on this one, but unfortunately you can't see the raised area of the crystal ball in which I used diamond glaze. It did give it another dimension though. She is hand painted in acrylics with scrap papers on the side and crystals.
This is the back of the piece. My substrate is made from drink coasters.
Because my "stage name" is needlewings, I was chosen to do the human pincushion! lol The banner is actually an extra piece glued on for more dimension. I tried some ultra thick Americana glaze on this one. I really liked how it shined! One word of warning though, let it dry completely! I was anxious to get the back finished and when I turned it over to use a roller on the back for the glued pieces, the background color lifted so you can see the background coming though! At first I was disappointed, but because of the shape of the shadowing, it actually looks like a part of the piece!
This is the back of the piece. The photo was the inspiration for the front. The ticket actually makes a nice tab to flip the pages.
I am off now to work on the trapeze! Well, not me personally, although I could use the exercise!