So, I tried a technique that’s better suited to acrylic. Draw your image in ink (a Sea Otter), and then add splashes of color for depth and shading. In acrylics, if you get a color wrong, you just add a different opaque color on top of it. That’s not quite so do-able with Watercolors.
Here’s the first iteration. The colors looks very disjointed and blotchy.
Then I remembered the technique of putting a glaze on top to make the colors more cohesive – this was surprisingly effective! I used Quin Gold for the glaze.
Jen tried a tricky technique of showing sunlight coming through water. First, she laid down color for rocks
Then she used a scraping technique to make the rocks. She also glazed a color over her finished piece.