I really enjoy using wood as a substrate. For this piece, I applied a layer of clear gesso so that the natural wood colour still shows through [On hindsight, I should have drawn a smaller face...*LOL*].
After that, I sketched my girl with a coloured pencil. Yes, I like to draw with coloured pencils because graphite gets very smudgy and drives me crazy! And I'll let you in on a secret: coloured pencils can be erased when you draw on a gessoed surface! :)
Here's my mixed media girl on a wood panel after using a variety of colorants - Prismacolor pencils, Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils, Daler Rowney Acrylics, Posca Paint Markers, Caran d'ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons, Liquitex black and brown inks and lots of wet tissue.
Playing along with ARTastic Challenge to use wood veneer.