But metallic paint is very opaque. It will, in fact cover even black up in one coat, no problem, I assume because the little glittery bits give it a density that other colors don't have. So what Hellanim has been doing is painting outlines in black, then using the metallic paints to fill in in such a way that the black becomes the negative space, like on a woodcut or with scratchboard--in essence it becomes white/color on a black background, rather than the usual black on a white background. Which gives those outlines a very different feel, of a type I particularly like.
Now, my style is nothing like hers, so I'm not too worried about that, but I thought, since Hathor is associated with gold (She's called Hathor-of-Gold, in fact) this might be a good time to play with that technique. So I'm going to give it a try.
I have no idea if this is going to scan well; also, it turns out my scanner is just a quarter inch too narrow to fit the piece of canvas board I've started it on. I may end up photographing it (heaven help us; I am a terrible photographer).
So the sketch is after statues of Hathor, some where She has flowers woven into Her hair (or wig, because this is ancient Egypt after all). The convolvulus (a type of morning glory) was an emblem of fertility in ancient Egypt, so I thought I'd use those in Her hair; they also have a five-pointed star in the middle, and Hathor is a sky Goddess. Not necessarily of the night sky, but cows and stars are linked in Egyptian thought. So I thought I might make the centers the very distinct star-symbol that the Egyptians used.
Wish me luck!