Putdowns step-by-step: background color
Since I don't have a step-by-step of my process on this piece, thought I'd show you guys the photoshop file with a closer look at some of the layers. Here, you'll see the background color layer (as well as the tree color layers). As you can see in my layers on the right, I have two main layers for each item: line and color. Sometimes (not always) I'll put the pastelly-brushy effect on its own layer, separate from the color layer. That way, I can do alternate versions if necessary. But honestly, that requires time and usually I don't have much of that when I'm working.