Beginning with a stretched canvas 20″ x 20″ The canvas has been coated with 4 coats of acrylic gesso for a smooth finish Use a small amount of paint and begin with the lightest colour (Yellow Ochre) spread thinly onto the plastic transfer sheet with a plastic pallet knife. begin to create texture and variety of shapes by applying pressure with your fingers use a blunt pencil or a bamboo skewer to apply fine lines, try not to pierce the transfer sheet. apply more paint to the sheet if needed with some water and a soft sponge work with the paint while it is still wet to add tone and shade take care not to overwork this as this is only the first stage and more colours will be added work over the fine lines to create the base structure for the composition keep a central section free from paint, always allowing the white of the canvas to become part of the composition Allow each layer of paint to completely dry before moving onto the next colour. Next colour (Cadmium Red) repeat the previous process taking care not to apply too much paint. remember that the marks you are making at this stage provide a foundation for the next layer of colour Use a little water and a soft sponge to blend some of the previous layer of paint continue with layers of fine lines made with a blunt pencil the next layer of black acrylic should begin to add more definition to the shapes use torn pieces of newspaper to protect areas from becoming overpainted be careful about placement of the black paint, it is easy to go over the top at this stage continue with the fine lines use the marks from the previous layers as a guide keep checking the progress by lifting the transfer sheet for details use a thin strip to place dark sections with more precision at this stage the composition really begins to come together use gentle pressure from your finger to draw with the paint begin to work on the final layer of colour for this I mix 2 tones of the same colour, use something which works with the previous layers a pale blue mix with a little yellow ochre pale colours work best for this, choose complimentary tones separate the paint, make one slightly darker for this technique you really don’t need to mix a lot of paint, thin layers get the best results apply the darker of the two tones applying a thin layer to the transfer sheet. you can try out ideas for this final stage by placing coloured paper to see which works best for the composition try to use this around the edges of the canvas working with the white spaces from the first application of paint cotton buds are good for adding more defined lines but try not to overwork this stage add the second lighter tone this is a good way to lighten the work if it seems a little dark work over the previous darker tone to add texture and lines all the colours now work well together and the base of yellow ochre is revealed as a finishing touch I am adding black lines to bring the whole painting together remove access paint on a scrap piece of paper make sure the previous paint layers are dry check the painting see how well the colours work together if it seems a little dark lighten it with more paint. you can add more interesting texture by working with a stencil. this one is simply cut from scrap card when dry finish off by spraying with a couple of coats of acrylic matt varnish. This will help to highlight the colours as well as protecting the paint surface.