All I can say is wow! I'm impressed and encouraged. Thanks for explaining your technique of how you did it.
This is beautiful. I live on a Caribbean island and an item like this would sell really well in a shop or gallery. The natural bits of wood added to the mat really enhance it. Yes, a shadow box would be good. I can't believe this is your first. Wow.I quilt but have not tried anything small, a 12"x16" mat to start out might be a good way for me to begin. You are inspiring~
I've made many quilts over the years, but my first reaction on seeing this offering, was WOW! How beautiful, what is your work going to look like further down the line? Just Stunning. From Silvie in Australia.
This is unbeliveably fantastic. I just love it. You must have been an artist.
Very impressive mixed media piece and if you like you could try a mat of acid free sanded paper (the kind used by pastelists) to be fixed to an oval mate with just a slightly smaller oval than the mat and if you like it you can transfer all or some of your found objects to it and of course put it in a shadow box frame (maybe of driftwood). Good luck and know that if this is your first try you are headed for greatness.
If this is your first piece I am duly impressed! Keep it up and you will be unstoppable! Thanks for sharing.