I drew the composition on rice paper in pencil then I went over it in sharpie. When the design is finished I watered down acrylic paint and fill in the images with color. The background is 16x20 canvas with sheet music. When the background is completed and dry I carefully glue the rice paper on with clear acrylic polymer to give it a very protected surface. If there are changes to be made I wait till the rice paper is dry.