I've had this oval canvas stashed away somewhere for a few years with an unfinished horse that I realized was never going to get anywhere. I covered it with black gesso and some crackle medium, but I guess the medium was old and the chemicals broke down since not much happened when I sponged a layer of antique white acrylic paint. Oh, well, c'est la vie, I just went over it with some acrylic burnt umber and a little Goldend titan buff.
Next I used a variety of background stamps with Timber Brown Stazon ink to create some texture followed by some layers of thinned acrylic paint over punchinella, chicken wire and shelf liner, as well as a variety of Crafter's Workshop masks with Adirondack Color Wash. Last I added some Adirondack Alcohol Inks to create some fun drippings, I love that!
Time to sketch my girl. Because of all the many different layers of paints and inks, I find that the only pencil that will go over it to my satisfaction is my trusty Stabilo Aquarellable White Pencil. In my experience, it works better than charcoal, any brand of colored pencils or pastel. If the background was light colored, I would use my other favorite pencil to sketch directly on the prepared background, a Faber-Castell Pitt Oil Base pencil, extra soft.
On her wings, blouse and skirt, I used Golden Fluid Acrylics. Since I really liked the way the background around those areas looked, I chose my most transparent colors to paint the outfit, Green Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Orange, followed by a quick wiping with a rag to remove most of it, leaving just a hint of those hues over the background colors. For the wings, I used my favorite gold color, Golden Iridescent Gold Deep (fine).
Have a wonderful week!