My friend Janet just did a couple ladies painted on black after seeing Pam Carriker's article in the latest Art Journaling magazine. I had seen the article too but I had just not tried it yet. Thanks for the nudge Janet.
I started by painted the page with black gesso and drew a face over it. The dress is scrapbook paper with a wash of golden's quinacridone crimson on top. The paper was too white and the wash made it just right.
This one I used paper for the dress again. In the background I used paynes grey and some white gesso. I kept the black gesso for the hair but added carbon black and some watercolor crayons for highlights. I found it really interesting starting with a black background. If you need a change of pace give it a try.
Over the last couple of years I have taken quite a few classes and for some of them I either bought the videos or still have access to them. I have been watching them again and getting new insights. If you have not taking classes like me then there is a world of great videos on YouTube. Just do a search on your topic and you will be amazed at what you will find.