Before adding illustrations, I prepared my paper. I started out with thick art paper, and added some white latex paint:
During WWII Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes to live in secluded internment camps, once of which was located in the western desert town of Topaz, Utah. Although topaz is the Utah state gem, it is also a reminder of one of the country's more embarrassing historical events driven by bigotry and fear. There is no knowing how such an event impacts one's heart, perspective, and voice. While they may seem valuable and appealing, actions taken out of fear and hatred can cause damage through generations. Let's not be so eager to repeat history.
It is a heavy piece rife with meaning, but it felt so amazing to create and finish it. And, as a bonus, I never ended up using that fourth sheet of paper, so I can use that crazy technique again!