I found that there are lots of textured pastes out there and used one called flakes for the greenish piece. Inks also work well.
The idea is to build up surfaces with things and layers of paint to add depth. It's amazing how they change.
Since I have to be home with the dog, it was the perfect opportunity to take an online class. The following samples are from Textured Surfaces-a class from http://www.fibreinform/ given by Lynda Monk and Carol McFee. It's a good one with tons of information.
After strip piecing this, I didn't like it and threw it in a black dye pot-too dark. This seemed the time to experiment with it, so molding paste, then ink, then gilding cream, and maybe it's OK now.