Okay, this is the story. I first painted a board a pale yellow. Next I used a palette knife and smeared the entire board with Golden Light Molding Paste and quickly carved out the big tree with a small spatula. Light molding paste dries quite quickly. It dries to a fairly smooth surface, that is if you can keep your fingers off. I just had to keep touching it with my palette knife. The result, some rough patches showing up at the bottom of the board. Also, before it completely set, I made a dent with my finger and ended up with the sun.
Once the molding paste was dry, I began painting the background behind the big tree with Golden heavy body acrylics (watered down considerably), adding several coats of blue paint to paint in two more trees. Finally painted in the the evergreens and the yellow around the sun. In the gouges of the big tree I put in some Golden Clear Tar Gel, using a squeeze bottle. It made a nice line of shine, tar gel holds its shape. I also put a dab of gel in the round "sun" dent.
That's it for now. Stay tuned.