Finally got round to making a mark on the small white canvases (Stage 1), using pencil and marker pen. In (Stage 2) I left the background bare canvas on the pencil one, which made the acrylic colours very bright. On the other small canvas that had marker pen I added a wash background first, which dulled down the acrylic colours.
I thought it would help by doing two different canvases to see which method might be better to use. Not sure it helped at all… as on their own they both seem ok… but put together (Stage 2) I can’t decide which method looks better than the other, can you?