I used watercolor paper for this piece I finished today. I put gesso on first, painted it with white acrylic and then used black paint over the white. I put another coat of gesso over that and I used a paintbrush handle to make swirls all over the paper except in the lower corner where I painted the face. I recently ordered a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Inks from Dick Blick. These inks come in many bright colors. I think I’m going to love working with them. I used them like paints, brushing on splashes of color all over the background. I used oil pastels lightly over that. In some places I blended the pastels with the ink by going over them with water. The girl’s face is done mainly with watercolors and watercolor pencils. I used a little white acrylic paint to highlight the face. What started out as an experiment turned out fairly well?