Just add water

This isn’t so much a written post as a semi-annotated photographic one…First, there’s a watercolor of poppies, starting with pencil and ink, then filled in with traditional watercolor.

Second, there’s an in-progress birthday card using brush pens… and then water. Still starting with pencil and ink:

The brush pens have somewhat different color options, but also (IMO) allow more control to start with–helpful, with so many tiny petals. With water and a tiny paintbrush, you can still blend colors and try different saturations.