|Detail from Nancy Telford Art|
Try a background with acrylic paint and matte medium, sand it down to distress it a bit. Once you are satisfied, use a graphite pencil and handwrite a phrase or words. To embellish further, use a white pastel pencil and write more over the other words. Remember to work in a direction that does not drag your hand over the area that you have worked on. If you are left-handed work left to right and right to left if you are right handed.