An idea I'd like to have a go with at work (Bean and Brush Art Cafe) is scratching back paint to the bisque, or layer of paint below. The photos on the left are of work I liked that I found on the internet. The bottom picture made me think of the work of Miro.
I have a lovely little book entitled 'V&A Pattern The Fifties' which, unsurprisingly, is full of wonderful mid-century patterns. I copied out some of the patterns into my journal.
I just love anything designed by Lucienne Day!!!