Yippeee! I got this AB spread done fast! I actually worked on the moon and stars last week. They were painted a dull gold, which I did not like. I had hoped to sand off the paint and apply patina to bare metal, but it was not something that would patina.
Plan B was to glop on various mediums for texture and add some of that Statuary Green Bronze paint by Modern Options followed by blue patina solution. I never realized what a difference in color the patina can have depending on which type of bronze you use with it. Last time I used the blonde bronze and got a bluer blue. Against the green bronze it takes on more of a teal or turqouise blue.
I have so many cool crumpled tissue paper backgroudns in this RR. Every time I try that technique I over-saturate and overwork the tissue (I used pattern paper tissue) and it ends up being nearly flat. This time I didn't worry about whether all the tissue was strongly glued. Some of the scrunched up areas didn't feel real solid, but I assumed the gesso would hold things in place. When I started applying the gesso I was getting a dry-brush look that was looking very cool. I decided to leave it with spaces of ungessoed tissue. When I glazed, it helped add color variation, as the gessoed areas ended up lighter. This is the best tissue paper background I've ever done ... wooo hooo!