I had done this tangled tree, and at the same time did a yellow-orange wash for another tree. It turned out there were two trees and I tangled much of them but again wasn't sure what to do in the background. I had used some white ink which I really didn't like, and more importantly, a moon had appeared in the topmost branches! Into a drawer it went. A few days ago I rediscovered it. In the meantime I'd started using metal leaf on a few pieces and suddenly the moon knew what it wanted. I applied copper leaf to it and it looked good. At some angles it really shines and at other angles it looks somewhat dark or even non-descript.
But there was still the background. I decided it needed more moons (what?!) and the title "Moonrise" popped into my mind so I traced the moon in the tree and applied it four more times at different angles.
Originally the sky was all very pale yellow and orange (like the top right) so a lot of darkening was needed at the bottom. The stark white ink got covered. I added more shading to the trees' tangles and around the second moon in the tree. I also added white pencil to that second moon as the tangles were too dark and prominent.
Patience paid off. I'm quite happy with this piece now, with the copper foil and the extra moons with hints of eye and mouth!
(c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
8"x6" mixed media