Watercolors, Time to get with the Times

Is it just me, or is everyone suddenly an expert with watercolors? Everyone is posting their exceptionally beautiful flowers, thank you cards, and pregnancy portraits and I'm feeling a little behind the times.

I mean really, when did this happen? Was there like a public service announcement that went out telling all females between the ages of 18 and 30 that they needed to master their watercoloring skills? Did everyone else's kindergarten teachers have a watercolor rotation that mine skipped over? I'm pretty sure that the extent of my watercoloring skills top off at knowing not to put the black in the yellow, and even that can be a struggle at times. 

In an attempt to enhance my artistic resume, I decided it was time to give watercolors a whirl. The good news is that Spencer is an excellent artist - he even got offered a job as a tattoo artist because he is so good! - and his preferred medium is watercolor. This means that I had access to his prime paper, brushes, and paints. 

He gave me a few basic pointers, but mostly I wanted to be left to my own devices to see if watercoloring is easier than I've been giving it credit for, or if everyone is just suddenly really talented. 

It turns out everyone is just really talented. Watercolors are no joke. You've got to get the right amount of both paint and water on your brush, you have to wait for things to dry but you also don't want them to dry too quickly, you have to have patience, and, of course, you have to be artistic.

I feel like this is something that, if you had a lot of practice and were able to master the basic skills, you could take it pretty far and probably advance quickly, but they don't seem like easy skills to master. As you can see, I definitely struggled! You certainly won't see me selling any creations any time soon, but I may come back to practice every once in a while.

What about you? Are you a master watercolor-er with some useful tips up your sleeve?