Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who have left comments, particularly about my self-portrait, it makes my day when I hear from my bloggy friends.
Many of you asked about the process I used for the canvas. When I was happy with the background basics I printed the photo onto and inkjet transparency (using my inkjet printer and durabrite inks). I then put a good thick coat of Golden gel medium onto the back of the transfer and lay it on top of the canvas. Using my bone scorer I gently pressed the the transparency to the canvas. I find this gel transfers almost too well and having it fairly wet allowed me to lift it without a full transfer. The think coat also means that it will dry with a slight crackle effect.
I could scream, rant and rave about my computer, but will simply say that it came back worse than it went away and has gone again. I so look forward to being back in my blog community.