I found these wood panels the other day at Dick Blick. (Sorry about the tininess of the photos. See bigger photos here.)
I am in LOVE.
These panels are made of exotic hardwoods from all over the world. Obviously they are a little pricey but so PRETTY.
Duho makes 5 varieties, but these are my favorites:
I could come up with projects utilizing these panels until the cows come home. Dick Blick says they're great for painting, but it seems a shame to paint over them completely, they're so stunning. If I could ever afford to buy them, I'd get them in the biggest size and then I'd do something minimal to allow the beauty of the wood to show through. I love the idea of some type of landscape in silhouette, leaving the sky empty for the wood. Or an intricate abstract cutout. Like I said, I could go on and on.
Excuse me while I go swoon some more.