I've been wanting to do a painting of playing cards and wondered if I would like to make the designs on the cards with lots of detail, or if I would just do a looser version. But, as I was drawing the image on the board, I felt like it would be fun to do all the details.
Below are a couple of in progress photos. The first shows the board I started on. I first painted over the gesso with a gray mix of acrylic paint. I drew the design with pencil and then painted it in with acrylic raw umber. Once that was dry, I started painting in color with oil. I had the cards close by to copy from.