This is a canvas I created for my daughter and her husband for Christmas. I had seen a similar one on Pinterest and, when they went to Destin, FL, this summer, I requested a photo of little Carl looking out toward the water. It took me a long time to get to the project but I was happy with the result.
I crumpled regular white tissue paper and decoupaged it to an 11" x 14" canvas. Then I used the photo for the placement of the sand, water and sky. I painted the areas until they looked "right" and added a bit of torn patterned mulberry paper for clouds. The photo is 5" x 7" and the sentiment was an old rub on that was perfect!