Here's a little secret I discovered many years ago. First, checkout Susan Seddon Boulet's work. She's fantabulous. I could look at her work for days. After you've viewed enough of her amazingness the lights will fade and you'll begin to wonder how the schiznit does she do it!
Well, friend, let me reveal her secret. First, you need a good hand to draw and a mind that can comprehend layering. Don't get caught up in the genius of it. Start with some oil pastel and illustration board. If you don't have illustration board use some heavy watercolor paper.
STEP 1 - Sketch the drawing and fill in big areas with heavy oil pastel. Use good, heavy, thick oil pastels.
STEP 2 - Mix some turpentine and etching ink. Do not apply it as it is, the ink is too heavy. Do not use India inks or water-based inks, they will not stick and do not do Susan's technique justice.
STEP 3 - Roll on the diluted etching ink solution. If you've done this right, remnants of your oil pastel drawing areas should show through.
STEP 4 - Let it dry and wait for my next post. I'll reveal the final part of the secret in my next post. Can't wait? Can you figure it out on your own? Small hint: Susan worked in all media including sculpture which required her to use clay tools. She also understood how to carve away plaster and wood. Got it yet?