Here are the kookaburras nearly finished. I took the photo at an angle so I could get a little hint of the gold. The background was a multi-step process. First was a layer of burnt ochre watercolor pencil. I applied it as smoothly as I could and then dampened it with a wet brush. Unfortunately the paint slid around on the fixative, so I couldn’t get a smooth look. To mask the problem, I blotted it with a tissue and got a mottled look that I rather liked. Then I put on a second layer of watercolor pencil, this time a little darker – bistre. As before, I dampened it and blotted it with a tissue. The final step was dry-brushing gold acrylic down from the top and up from the bottom with a fan brush. I used Liquitex Interference Gold and Golden Bright Gold (which is very yellow looking). I tried a bit of copper but it was too much so I removed it as best I could.
The one change I’d like to make is to re-do the lettering. The lines should be spaced more evenly, and I’d like to see it in a dark red.