Thanks to all of you who took the survey...and so, here are the results: Paint the stems and centers....3 to 1!
So that's what I did, and here it is: I'm calling it "Connections". To finish off I'll spray it with a clear archival protectant, then mount it and frame in shadowbox style. It won't need any glass. I'm happy with how it came out, so thanks for the input!
I videoed the process, so soon there will be videos on both youtube and katherinesarttv.tv I'll be sure and let you know when I get them up. cheers...and happy Memorial Weekend!