I normally do not give my artwork as birthday presents. Not sure why, I just don't. I did give two of my pieces today to two of my dearest friends. I was playing with impasto this weekend and decided to make something for them since I was doing it anyway. I used Matisse Derivan impasto medium and their structure acrylic paint. So love the stuff. It does not smell the best but that goes away quickly. If you love texture, you will love this stuff. I randomly put strips of cheesecloth underneath to give it some additional texture and loved the effect. Not sure I needed it but just wanted to experiment. Lots of fun. The base was done with Ranger/Tim Holtz crackle paint because I needed it to dry quickly. Crackle paste takes too long even though I like the effects better. I have to say I was pretty happy with this crackling though. I did not do a very good job taking picts with my iPhone this time. Did not look blurry when I looked in the iPhone view but I must have lost some pixels when I loaded it onto the computer.