This idea started with the gradually increasing birdsong, and the ubiquity of brambles in our garden! I do like the bare stems with their thorns - visually, that is. (I am not a great fan of them in so many other ways!)
I decided to try to use this photograph as a basis for a sheet of chine collé. I therefore simplified both colour and mass of content, then printed it first onto the pale blue flimsy, and then onto a thin sheet of white paper. Below is what it looked like on the latter:
I drew a design to sit on this - I wanted to enclose a figure who was accompanying birds (who love the brambles), and decided on her playing a violin pizzicato - somehow that came to mind when I thought of the bramble thorns catching on clothing and flesh as well as being jagged to look at.
I mirrored this to draw into the acrylic to make my drypoint plate, and then made three prints. One on the flimsy - which is quite dark:
One on the plain paper with the printed background:And one on tissue paper with soft pastel only. This was also printed as a ghost, and I do like its faint quality.
I have further computer work to do to combine these into the final version which will be stitched - eventually.