This morning I played around with adding machine stitching to the image using a heavy decorative thread. I added a straight stitch and a zig zag to the print and both worked as I had hoped.
Next, I carefully folded the print every six inches. I used an old dental tool to lightly score the surface to make sure I got the best crease possible. Once I had the two folds done, I trimmed the top and bottom edges of the print and was happy to see everything lined up correctly and I did indeed end up with a 6"x 6" sqaure.
I had also decided to cut out 3 sections along the top edge of the image. I liked the way it broke up the long horizontal line.
|Folded and trimmed with some experimental stitching added.|
|Proof with watercolor wash.|
Once I had, I wasn't sure that was the way to go. I tried adding watercolor to a second print accenting only the ribbons. At this point, I'm just not sure which way to proceed so I think it's time to step away from the image for awhile and hopefully, when I come back to it, I'll be able to resolve the issue.