This is my latest batch of ACEO. They will go on auction on Thursday evening once they are cut scanned and stamped. I figured I would explain the process that I use.
First I take a 9" x 12" Watercolour block and measure out my space. I can get 8 per sheet.
Then I draw and rework my images with pencil until the composition is satisfactory. Usually they look more or less expressive than the finished card. I find that I try to simplify once the paint is applied.
Then working all over the place I apply the largest, lightest areas, then large colour blocks (usually you can tell when I have done 8 together when there are repeated colours in different cards)
Next I go for the darker blocks and more detailed areas. I finish by doing my outlines (with a very fine brush, no markers or fine tip pens on these) and then I clean up any areas with the original colours.
I really like this latest batch. I've been really trying to push the expression vs. simplicty thing and I feel the results are starting to really show.