I started with a large sheet of heavily embossed paper, with a swooping but formal machine made swirling pattern. I liked it, but … it was disturbingly regular & repetitive. So of course I wanted to mess with that! Above, on the top row, you see draft #1 at left, done with watercolors, then draft #2 with the addition of a few layers of soft pastels and various clear artists’ mediums.
And in the second row are two digitally manipulated versions of draft #2.