Don't scroll through these birdies too quickly; the techniques are similar but each is a lesson
in composition for me.
This one has a stenciling technique creating the foliate forms. After the painting (acrylic on paper) I put a layer of Liquitex transparent gesso over the whole surface. That gives the surface a nice tooth for colored pencil details.
The gold bird went on last. 23 carat gold should never be lacquered ; that dulls its brilliance.