I'm not artsy. So, I cheat and use stencils. =)
This is one I did. It's a burgundy background. I used black to stencil the design on. Once that was dry, I gave it a watered bronze brushing and once that was dry, I hand painted the black on over to bold the artwork.
The next one, I haven't decided how to set it. It's black with bronze stenciling. I didn't bother to hand paint over.
I'm thinking the second way looks better.