To start I took two 8 x 10 canvases and one 14 x 20.
I used a tutorial I found here for the harlequin background. Since it was such a small project I just drew out the lines and painted instead of using painters tape. If doing a larger project, like a whole wall, I would recommend the painters tape method.
I wanted to add some dimension and depth to the background of the center canvas but keeping it subtle so it didn't overwhelm the monogram. This is where the fun began, I cut some swirly patterns out of vinyl and tried to place them on the canvas. It didn't stick, like at all. All those nice thin swirly pieces kept trying to peel up as I went over them with the lighter wash color.
Have you had any projects that just didn't work out and it wasn't until you were too far into to change it up too much?