The most obvious way to use what I saw in Vietnam in my abstract pieces would be to use laser transfers of photographs I took while traveling around the country. The first is a photo of a photo of the buddha...with me reflecting in the glass. This would or could be very subtle if done in a laser transfer. the other two photos are of silk worm casings. I have the actual casing I could add into the mixed media pieces with a laser transfer as well.
The second way I plan to use what I found is to incorporate some of the gold and silver leaf I watched them make outside Ho Chi Minh City. I am going to experiment with translucent paint over the silver leaf and then cover in a clear gel.
The pictures of food I took are pretty cool; so, I want to do something with them..collages made from food photos?? Chocolate labels. Did you know Vietnam produces chocolate? Marou...got some labels and enjoyed the chocolate.
So far that is it, but I am still in my foggy jet lagged brain so hopefully, new ideas will come to mind as I work.