There are around 20 layers of acrylic to make the background (which also extends to the top/bottom/sides of the piece.) This included wetting the acrylic and wiping it off, to get the lichen effect.
The white lettering was done twice too - in order to make it shine off the background.
I even did the proper thing and got permission to use the words.
It's for some very good friends, and they were thrilled with the piece.
They had it in their hallway waiting to go up on the wall, when a workman dropped a tool on it.
So - careless workman plus sharp implement plus taut canvas = bad news. Here it is in its new state. :0(
I had a read online about possible ways to mend it, and decided I couldn't justify the expense of having it done professionally.
I attached strong (red) canvas to both sides of the tear so I'd be able to pull. It all moved but didn't close the gap. I then thought I'd try dampening the canvas in the hope that it would have more give. I left it overnight with a slightly damp cloth on the back of the canvas, and then had another go at pulling. It didn't really work, and worse than that, a weakness appeared in the canvas parallel to the tear, so I decided I'd better stop mucking about.
So now it's just hanging on the wall, mocking me!
There will be a third instalment to this tale, I hope, which will be the recreation of the initial piece.
(Curiously the poet has republished the poem with slightly changed words - I can't decide whether to use the old or the new words. But as I'm 20 coats of acrylic away from such decisions, I'm not worrying about it yet!)