As Mim's theme is 'women', I decided to do this African woman for her.
I used oil pastels, drawing black outlines round the shapes.
I covered the whole image with black ink, and let it dry.
Then the hard work started. I scratched out the patterns with a small screwdriver (that hubby uses to tighten the sides of my glasses when they loosen). It was finicky and my fingers ached.
But I really like the result.
She imbues all that is fine, noble, proud and strong in African women.
I will send her on her way to Marianne after Christmas.