Nothing like red. I use Amaco Velvet Bright Red and put it on thick. After a bisque firing, I will lightly stain this piece with red iron oxide/gerstley borate wash making it rustier and deeper in tone---although I think I may leave the fox's face really bright red. Last, I will add a black nose and around the deeper recesses Duncan Cobalt Jet Black watered down, to add dimensionality--shadows. I don't really "read" a story on this piece. For some reason I wanted a fox and nine calla lilies. The story teller who holds this fox has such an exasperated look on her face that I will wait till it comes out of kiln to take a photo. Perhaps by then with a bit of fire, the story will emerge.