This started as an exercise on how to vectorise and simplify shapes with an image of a hand. I had a few revelations in the process. The watercoloureffect of the hand was not what i was aiming for, but it looks good to me anyway.
Most of it was done in Gimp and then traced in Inkscape.
Also i added the banner, concentric circles and sunrays in Inkscape.
The grungeeffects were made in Gimp.
The texture on the green background is an image of marble.
The distress was made with a layermask.