When I first got hold of the new peacock stamps, I stamped this one from Peacock Parade on on a tag and it sat there for a while as I pondered what I was going to do with it. I coloured it in with Derwent Inktense pencils and for the tail, I made a palette by scribbling the pencil on a piece of card, then picking up the colour with a waterbrush. Doing that gives you more control over the intensity of the colour and I wanted to vary the tones in the tail.
I applied three colours of Stickles to each ‘eye’ in the tail then after that was dry, I set to work with the Summer Flower mask and any inkpads I had in shades of aqua (Archival Aquamarine, Viridian, Memento Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue). I used a large stencil brush to swirl and stipple colour over the mask, then used the same range of inkpads plus a little green (Memento Pear Tart) to add some stamping to the background. I used a mixture of stamps from both peacock sets and the harlequin stamp from Decorative Edges. I swirled the brush around the peacock without reinking, just to add a bit more colour and finally I finished off with the large art nouveau feather using Versafine Majestic Blue.
It shows that you don’t always need to do the background first, which is particularly useful if you want to colour an image in detail and see the true colours.
Here’s a close up of the top half.