I also had a session creating painted backgrounds for Sharon's Studio Journals course which involved a watercolour wash and cling film.
We also had to do one with salt to create additional texture. I have used salt before when dyeing silk and cotton but I must admit I was dissapointed with the effects on paper.
Finally I have also enrolled on Sharon's Sumptuous Surfaces course which is designing for hand stitching. As we cannot post images on the Forum for that course because of a glitch I will add a couple of ideas that I had. I wanted to keep the image simple so that the embroidered surface would be the focus so decided on an outline drawing of a hawk in flight that I had done many years ago. Here are some of the images that I created in a Paint program. One thing I do like is the movement they suggest.
I have an idea for the actual design but have not started stitching it yet. I did do some experimental stitching on scrim whilst watching last night's election but although there are some useful patterns that may be used in another project, they are not for this one.
Now to go and see if the gesso is dry. The only disadvantage of working in the garage is that I am paranoid about leaving electrical equipment on if I am not there, so the heater only goes on when I am in there working which means at this time of the year things don't dry as quickly as I would like.