Midas roses

Good day to play with the pens.

Drawn with a regular black ballpoint pen over a Krylon gold leafing pen, then colored in with a green metallic gel pen. There is a touch of yellow highlighter on the bee.

My tea book is not really that pale, I did a little gesso wash on the page - several of the pages, actually - before I started. I like gesso with markers, not so much with pens, because it enables the pens to smear, but I didn't know what I was going to do when I did it.

The problem with gessoing multiple pages at once, is the fact that wet pages stick together. Some of the pages are really distressed looking now. The fact that I got coffee in my gesso is a whole other reason for a distressed look.