Sand was applied to the base after the first batch of cattails, then the second batch was glued in place. I am using a mix of coarse, dark, Pacific Ocean beach sand and fine, pale, Lake Michigan beach sand.
I sunk a rusty coffee can anchor, just like my grandpa's ♥, and began gluing in lilypad stems.
The bases of the second batch of cattails were sanded, the third batch glued in, and the terrain elevated at the rear of the piece.
The lilypads are being shaped now, I need to decide on placement before I glue more stems in place. I am planning to use one of Nancy's pointy leaved echeveria kits to make a few flowers, hopefully that kit is one I have already.
I dug through my stash on a search for appropriate wildlife. I found a couple of butterflies and a duck. The duck is a decoy so most likely won't be used here, unless he was left in the boat.
I am going to attempt sculpting some minnows and tadpoles. Wish me luck.