I had Serena paint a swath of silk, fashioned a wire frame out of florist's wire, and stitched the silk to the frame. I then wiped it with oil to give it some transparency. When Chance was putting this on the tree, he made a comment about it...he didn't know that we had made it. We used plain old watercolors...no fancy dyes or silk paints.
I'd like to try this with rice paper too.