Before starting my design I painted my canvass with Gesso, I then used a honeycomb stencil and some Liquitex Gel Medium to give the canvass a random texture. This was the first time I have used Liquitex, in the past I have always used Pamellia Johnson's fantastic texture paste, that will teach me not to take short cuts. The Liquitex, held it's shape badly and took forever to dry. In future I will go back to following Pamellia's paste recipe.
PS Apologies for the pun in the title but as we have been celebrating Shakespeare and I saw A Midsummer Night's Dream the other evening and I could not resist the temptation.