This painting was done on 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The amazing thing about this painting, is that I was already thinking about resists, much like the wax batik resist that exists in the making of Pysanky (Ukrainian eggs). The black leaded lines were painted in first with a mixture of watercolor/goauche and permanent making fluid. Once dry, the leaded lines "resist" and repel any type of watercolor wash that you lay down. You are free to float washes right up to the edge of the line without worrying about accidentally getting an unwanted color into the channel next door. This also allows you to bleed colors together and let them go at will within the confines of the black lines. You may also drop clear water into the middle and watch the pigment push to the outer walls, leaving a glow in the middle. This gives the piece the luminous look of stain glass. If I could do it with watercolor, why not water-based dyes, and a raised black line that would in effect do the same thing?
So, here is my attempt at a stain glass egg, with wax lines that will stay on the surface of the egg. It will be a grand experiment, and as my egg and art peeps and I had the discussion of whether we research, implement or just decide to "fly by the seat of our pants", this is what I was referring to.
I really had fun with this grand experiment, and I hope you've enjoyed this journey with me!