Sometimes inspiration hits when you least expect it. For reasons unknown, I found myself looking at images of the Crested Drongo (a bird found in Madagascar) today. I wasn't planning on painting, but that rat in my brain started spinning his little hamster wheel, so I brought out a box of ACEO sized mat board scraps to have a look.
After selecting some good ivory and white pieces, I picked up a couple scraps of black mat board.
Now, as you know, transparent watercolour isn't really designed for painting on dark surfaces. But I do own some opaque colours, as well as white gouache. So I thought, why not? The bird is black anyway - I could try a bit of reverse painting.
A little while later, this is what I ended up with. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, tried some new techniques, and the most fun was being able to wet the brush and "lift off" to see fresh black underneath! If you need a change, try this out - opaque watercolour on black mat board or heavy paper.