snowdrop - student project

snowdrop - image 1 - student project

This project has a story of mishaps. This is my 2nd attempt. 1st attempt not worthy of publishing, background turned into a black blob as I was trying to do from memory (mistake) and then disaster hit, the paper that was masked just tore all over. 

2nd attempt a day later, I love my background but again same issue with the paper (tried a different one) where it ripped again but I wanted to finish my flowers and stems a bit textured.  

I have used the masking fluid different projects - not sure what is happening, maybe applied too thick? I have variety of papers (yes they are student grade) - will have to test them if I plan to gift any project. I also drew the scene freehand.