'Flora and baby bird,' watercolour/mixed media, Bockingford HP paper, 9 by 12 ins.
From a small doodle, I left this painting muted or dullish because I didn't want to fiddle with it, darkening tones etc. I prefer to leave it and go on to another one and so improve my technique.
The acrylic medium with the stencil acts as a resist, rather like wax crayon or oil pastel. You could use crayon instead of acrylic for this technique. In future, I may leave the resist undercoat off and just do colourful watercolurs. Or I may go in the other direction and add more media, such as inks and pastels to the method.
I think it depends on the imagery really....delicate imagery like this one seems not to need multimedia as much.
My small set of pan pastels came today: red,yellow, blue, black and white, good for a starter palette. I've wanted a set for a while. I am keen to try them out.