- Carefully spray painted the entire wood cradle with a mat black, sanding between coats.
- Sprayed my painting with varnish, using several coats to protect it.
- Carefully measured and cut the painting in order to apply it to the cradle leaving an even black edge.
- Oops!! Missed this one
- Applied the appropriate glue to attach the paper to the wood
- Used a brayer roller to press down paper firmly, leaving no bubbles
- Weighted the entire painting upside down to let dry and adhere completely
So what was step #4? I failed to put tape on the edge of the cradle to prevent the adhesive from oozing out and dribbling down the edge. I had no dribbles, but the smears that occurred were glossy, and I felt a need to make the edges of the cradle as perfect as possible.
With luck, I won't forget step #4 again, avoiding steps 8, 9, and 10!