I've been playing around with a new technique--wheat paste resist. A friend has been doing it on fabric, and I loved the crackly effect she got, so I've been trying it on paper.
The white areas then come from making a gouache resist, like I was doing before. It takes quite some bit of soaking and rubbing to get the wheat paste OFF again, but then it's ready for pen and ink.
I'm a little ridiculously pleased with these. I really like the texture, and like all resist techniques, I like the chanciness of them. This especially has some pretty random results, and I like having to work with that, and make the faces fit in with what happens with the wheat paste resist.
This one had the least amount of crackle of all (as in--zero), so I had to do almost all of it with cross-hatching, and I must say, that's way way way too much cross-hatching.
And then, there's the option of using ink washes. So many possibilities.