I sketched out this GoldFinch onto pale blue card stock. The white highlights have a slight blue tone which I like and the branch looks interesting. I used colored pencils on a 8.5x11 page.
I played around with the background, but still wanted to maintain the blue tones, so I added layers of teal and then superimposed a spotted Bokeh background. It looks like the Finch is sitting in front of Christmas lights.