To start off, I work in many different types of media, and I am not exactly new to watercolor. I have recently started working with professional level watercolor paints. I did use some cheap cellulose paper I had on hand and my Qor watercolors. I love the wet into wet technique. It is amazing for blending colors, especially in oils. I will say that I appreciate the dry, or nearly dry on dry as well.
I could probably use some practice on flat washes. I do a lot of blending and gradients in my work, so flat washes don't come up much.
I was having a little trouble with the green gold I used for my light colored fish, but the rest turned out really well. The green gold just didn't want to play nice.
I love the blooms in watercolor. I love how the color can zoom across the page. I used phthalo blue in the top row, then switched to cobalt teal. I got nice blooms in the Phthalo blue, but not so much in the cobalt teal. I did the same thing on both.
The value scale, not much to be said here. I did have to do a couple of applications of the glaze to deepen the color, but i did have to stop working on in and had to come back the next day to a dried well.
Lastly, Mr. Rhino. I used payne's grey and burnt sienna. I am not a portrait or animal portrait painter, I usually do florals or landscapes. I feel like I messed up the snout and below the eye. He ended up pretty cute anyway.