Here are the bare bones of the canvas, before I added much paint. I did put some background paint on first to identify the below ground part.
The tree is corrugated card, with added cord and string for lianas, clay stones and timepieces, and I just love the fern mold. Included a couple of die-cuts too. The stones are embedded in Decoart Texture Fierro paste - it's brown in colour and has bits in that look like iron filings and glint in the light.
Then I embarked on countless layers of paint. I kept going back to this canvas, as it was never quite right, then I added some Pumpkin Soup (Fresco paint) to create a dawn. Now I'm happy!
Here are some close-ups.
Here is the finished piece .....
I've decided a box canvas is not the right thing for adding stuff like clay, because it is too bouncy! I like the firmness of canvas board, but I like box canvases for their dimension - what to do?? I did some research, and I have come up with something that may fit the bill. Watch this space, as I'll use it for my next canvas - hope it works!!