Step 2 Let’s paint some coloured washes. The key here is to keep experimenting, not only with tools and paper, but also with materials. Iodised table salt and Isopropyl alcohol give a really nice texture. Use different amounts; mix them up, or whatever you have in mind.

Step 3 Now is a good time to paint some decorative elements, like ornaments and patterns. Once finished, wait until dry and scan in. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, use the images on the Download Zone. I highly recommend you create your own as it’s fun and you’ll have more control over the final piece.

Step 4 Open canvas.psd and adjust the levels of the photo to increase the contrast. Select this layer, then Image > Adjustments > Levels (Cmd/Ctrl + L). Change the left-hand shadow input to 14 and the right-hand highlight input to 199. Make a selection from the photo layer by holding down Cmd/Ctrl and clicking on the layer in the Layers panel.