First I made a drawing, which proved to be a hard task on the left side of the journal. Then I added a base of ochre:
..and a layer of blue in the shadow areas, plus a layer of red for my next step in the background, which is going to be metallic gold.
For this next image, I added Titan buff and coral for the lips and blush. After it was dry I added crackling medium and that's when the comical part started, really... I did not give it a smooth coat. I left some thicker line thinking it was going to level down by itself... so next day when it was dry, I got a totally different look, see the "wrinkles"?
By then, I decided to take it as a lesson and finish my page, as an exercise on learning. It's not all so bad.
The forehead is showing too much, the veil is too short, but the overall colors are fine and the background looks awesome:
Thanks for visiting, I hope you had fun :oD Tomorrow I will have more "Hands in April", you can drop me a line with ideas of more hands to sketch!