for the background, i used a fake credit card to smooth the paint down onto the watercolor paper. i used gold & purple paints and blended them together. i like how specks of gold show up and how using the side of the credit card created an interesting background. the credit card technique is from lisa vollraths article called credit card painting. i kept my composition pretty simple on these, because the background is really lovely so it was much easier to do a simple collage.