The in-between step I forgot to photograph! I added more pastel over this base layer, then I lightly dabbed on clear gesso. This seals the pastel, AND provides a surface with lots of texture and tooth.
I then started working into the basic idea I had of clouds, then a face popped up, then a flower... and this is what come into life...
I used some pastel pencils and mainly prisma colour pencils to work over the clear gesso - the prismas are so soft they just melted into the clear gesso.
I love how the underneath page still floats through to the surface, and the transparent layers, and the colours...the perfect way to spend an hour!