I'm taking some time out this summer to work on the signs of the Zodiac, a project that I started many years ago in my teens. I started with Pisces as it's my own sign, and will work on Aquarius next. The original is 12 inches squared and painted with watercolour, with silver pen, silk outliner pen and collaged with painted papers which I made on white tissue paper. Here are some close-ups of the design.
The background was created with a mottled watercolour wash and sponged with white gouache.
Over the initial watercolour wash I spattered paint, gold ink, gold collage paper and silk outliner pen.
A close up of the fishes
The tail showing the 'dots' of paint made by the silk outliner pen (normally used for silk painting)