This evening I worked with masks and a toothbrush. First applied was a medium gray, next pure black, and finally pure white. Black was my favorite German Vine Black. White was the usual Titanium White. I'll do something similar with the bevels once I plan the light source and shadowing. This technique would probably look very cool with violets, pinks, and who knows what else. I think I got a bit inspired while looking at all kinds of stone today--fieldstone, sidewalk, fountain, war memorial, all were talking to me.
For more inspiration, I made my first visit to the Museum of Russian Icons. There is a gallery devoted to icons on loan through July 25, 2011 from the Andrey Rublev Museum of Moscow. It's hard to grasp, devotional egg tempera hundreds of years old. I expect many visits to come. Non-flash photography is allowed so perhaps I can offer a few peeks into this wealth of historical and religious art work.