I've finally finished my project! I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I gessoed the board and then put a coat of white acrylic paint on top of that. Of course the watercolor was sliding off this surface so I used watered down acrylic instead. I think I was able to get the watercolor feel in spite of this. I'm going to put a coat of sealer over the entire thing before I give it to my sister & her husband (Velten is their last name). I hope they like it. Thanks for teaching another great class Sandra! Happy New Year.