What I learned today: the cheapo gesso i picked up almost 2 years ago is a pain to spread...I really need a palette knife with this. I'm not going to use the Golden (I think that is the other brand I have) which was easier to spread for this stuff---
The other thing I learned is that I'm not that swayed to use charcoal for direct application or for details. the sharpie, the pitt pens, and just a plain old sketch pencil worked better for me.
I'm going to contribute the inability to get the oil pastels to blend better to the low grade (cheapo) brand. I used my fingers and also a blending stump.
The other thing I'm questioning is if I'm more drawn to the photographic image over the cartoon image. I do believe I am.
Even though it is not cloth and thread...I can loose myself in the processes of doing these mixed media collages.