both ramona and jeanette ended up having many layers of paint on the page, so instead of adding paint for more color and interest,
i used this dental tool to dig into the paint to reveal what's underneath.
i mostly use this end - it may be a big gouge-y mark, or just a small scrape to take a bit off of, say, the pupil of an eye...
if you click on this you can (sorta!) see where i scraped the paint off...
the green in jeanette's hair is from the green that was there before i gave her hair. in other places i went right through the paint, past the text on the page, and into the paper.
people have asked if i glue a couple of pages together to make them thicker/more sturdy, and the answer is that i don't. the layer of matte gel medium that i put on the page first provides a lot of protection, but sometimes i even dig through that.... and that's fine, especially since i'm not painting on the back side of the pages in this book.
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otis' cover of ' a change is gonna come' completely mesmerized me today!