Keep at it. It does take some time to get your own voice/stlye when trying new things- For me I like the black and white however imho I would have added much more drama to the shadows to light which would make for an interesting metaphor but you know me and my shadow work!
I'd love to be a "fly on the wall" as you make your layered transparencies, Charlotte!
Here I wanted to share walking into, what is to many, "enemy territory" of creative filters. I only use them customized to certain aspects of the image a tad, then to only a certain strength, so as to maintain the integrity of the photographs overall structure. I do it mostly to degrade transitions in materiality between the flowers and the background. Such jolts in texture and color can make composition dynamic or else too harsh and clinical. This flower picture was just the latter, far too crisp and clinical, made up of merely adjacent disparate overlapping parts. That is not what I want here!
I want to obfuscate the truth a little and even splurge and decorate, to allow the full beauty to be expressed, like a spring dress on a young woman makes her hop and skip and not just walk, ignoring the flowers and children along the way!
Hardly ever, the unaltered image recorded by my Japanese or German cameras have, on inspection, the esthetic unity to achieve a sense of "being" !