A primary reason for this trip is this guy worked on months ago and begging for attention. The sea dragons body was quilted subsequent to this pic... now to work on the sea growth and water.
The plan ( we'll see if it works later) is to have bubble-up patterns throughout the background water. When I use a bubble pattern as a filler, I just fill without marking ( I hate marking) BUT in this use of bubbles... I wanted a drifting, rising pattern so light marking seemed smart.