I tried following the instructor as she was painting. It was a lot of fun layering it w/ different hues of the same color! I still can't get the colors to blend well though (the separation of hues is very visible in my painting >_< ), and I still need a lot of practice with highlights, or I may need the masking fluid. :))
Another reason why I think my colors don't blend well is because I'm not using watercolor paper. Not sure.