I thinned the acrylic paint to make a wood stain, and added gold highlights to the design this time.
This looks much better in person and depends very much on how the light is hitting it. The gold gives it a nice glow and helps to bounce light through the design.
Something about this gives it kind of a retro feel, as if it had been discovered in an old attic somewhere. I like that about it.
You'll notice that I've taken a much different approach to painting the pinecones this time.