Remember last week's little disaster with the mini canvas?
I was going to buy a new one, when I was struck by a lateral thought: if I couldn't remove the black pen bleeds, but why not colour the whole thing black and then create an image by removing the black with bleach?
Except, it turns out the pen is totally impervious to even neat bleach!!! I tried lighter fuel, not at all sure what I would do with it if it worked. I needn't have worried: no impact at all (so, what's so special about bloomin' fixative?).
Then I had another brainwave: oil pastels! I did some tests and they retain their brilliance on black, in fact it sets them off nicely.
I thumbed through sketchbooks, found the little cow sketch above as inspiration, and went for it. I was quite limited for colours, as only one brand was soft enough to work, but in the end I'm really pleased (phew!):
One snag though - how to do the signature? I thought I might be able to scratch back through the oil pastel, but that didn't show up. In the end I found some paper in a similar green and signed that.
I tore the paper for a softer edge, scraped back a patch of pastel underneath, so I could get glue to work, then disguised the edges with more oil pastel.
It's not perfect, but as good as it gets in the circumstances.