After the helpful advise I was given by those kind enough to comment on my previous post I decided to have another go at the snowdrops.
This time I worked on a PC format and used the print-off from the original computer print onto tissue paper.(ie the residue of ink that's left when you peel off the tissue from the backing paper)
I scanned this back into the computer and played around with it in PS and decided to put a Fresco filter on it,(filter-artistic-fresco)
I wanted to use a trial download of Corel Painter 1x so I opened the original image in the software and used the following filter, effects-KPT Collection- KTP Pyramid paint.
I then painted in blue shaddows with the WC brush on the flower petals.
I pasted this second interpretation over the first a dropped the opacity till it just gave the piece a little more colour and depth.
I wanted to get a little more texture out of this piece so decided to overlay it with another print-off, this time of the lace tissue.
I pasted this onto the image and again dropped the opacity till I was happy with it.
I now had a basic design to work from.
I printed the first layer of the design, the fresco image, onto print ready canvas. I sprayed this with Photo Mount and sprinkled small pieces of waste metalic thread over the surface. I printed the second layer, the CP 1x version, onto Gampi tissue and stuck this to the canvas BG. This was sprayed again with PM and I then bonded the last lace tissue layer in place, after printing it on Gampi.
I decided to secure the whole piece with metalic thread seed stitches and glass beads.
After looking at it for a couple of days I decided that the tissue paper was looking a bit heavy so set about tearing holes in it to reveal the underneath. I think I was heavily influenced here by my many visits to Jacqueline's wonderfully insprational blog.
Finally I coated the whole piece with PVA and satin stitched the edges with white non glossy embroidery cotton to keep the photographic look.
This PC is for an 'inchie' swap with Debbi, so I hope she won't be disappointed as it's a bit experimental.