I found some "traditional" brushes online that I absolutely love. I have tried to make my own, but hadn't been truly happy with them. I decided to try these new ones out.
it is really fun to work with a limited color pallets, and I tried to be hard nosed about not using any layer styles or tweaks, and to paint it as if it were paint. I was successful for the most part, but I did use some desaturation on the background and some layer opacity changes, but not much at all. mostly on the background. I did color pick at times, but it was minimal.