Elmer's Glue on Canvas, then paint the whole thing. I have totally done this, but with a hot glue gun. Elmer's Glue seems to be a better idea since hot glue leaves behind strings and is harder to work with.
"Lotus - A flower that rises from the mud. The deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms." I am definitely getting a lotus tattoo after all the things I've been through. I don't care how cliche it is.