Re: blue-pastel-bells hi,plw and Mike. thanks for the kind comments.I acheive the soft pastel like backgrounds from some watercolours i have done. The further distance between the painted board and flowers give a soft pastel-like effect. You do not have to be an artist to do this, just some cheap watercolour paints,brushes and paper stuck on hardboard or similar. Splash on some water brush on paint and blend colours together. You will be pleasantly surprised at the end results.Have a go! regards.