Venice Window Tableau

(watercolor in decorative frame and shelf on a hand-painted faux marble background)

To create an area where I could keep my favorite keepsakes from Venice, I painted my hotel view to fit in a decorative frame and made a "window sill" shelf beneath it. Having seen many examples of faux marble in Venice, I couldn't wait to try it myself. Do-it-yourselfers beware: bad faux finishes make all your hard labor in vain. Take the time to practice first. This is acrylic, softened by many layers of milky glazes.