In a bit of a condensed form, here's how I sometimes go about in creating a piece. I have trouble with being intuitive. I most times have to have a plan, so this is where my sketchbook comes in handy. I have lots of them now filled with sketches and ideas that come to mind. They help me a lot when I need a little inspiration, because they go back years, and I like to just go through them and see how I've progressed--much like an art journal. Here's how I start--
First comes the sketch to which I draw on to my painted background that I made on, in this case, a wood cradle board. The only real intuitive process I have is the background--I work fast and just add colors that appeal to me and layers of different marks using different mark-making tools and of course, stencils. I use a water soluble pencil for the initial sketch, and once I'm happy with it, I go over it with a Faber-Castell black pitt pen.
Next is when I start to paint in my design--
--leaving some of my original background for the foreground to add to the design
close up detail--
I made lots of texture with this starting with my first background layer of gesso. I applied it to the surface fairly heavy, and used a comb and credit card for swirls, making sure that it was completely dry before I added the next layer of paint.
the finished piece--
..so happy with this!
And another piece, created in the same manner--
I hope I've inspired you to make some art in your own way--doesn't matter what you do as long as it makes you happy :-)