I have been painting with watercolors approximately 2 years now. I've had ups and downs during my journey; sudden wrist pain, lack of motivation etc.
This spring I decided to start again. The first task of painting the wooden door seemed a bit dull at first. But when I got into painting it, it actually started to get very interesting.
I actually learned quite a lot already from this first project. I noticed I was making a lot of mistakes (painting the door first, painting the lines in the door on top of the door handles etc.) Despite these, I wanted to continue, and the outcome turned out better than I initially expected.
The next week I continued with the next two lessons. I'm not able to practice daily, but I try to do at least a couple of exercises per week.
I found both the following exercises useful. I have noticed differences between synthetic and natural hair brushes, synthetic ones being a bit harder. Noticing this difference makes it easier to select a brush for a specific purpose.
I tried the third task with different brushes. Again, natural and synthetic brushes behaved a bit differently. I like the consistency of the Winsor & Newton sable brush, but it wasn't the easiest one to handle for this task. Secondly I tested my Temprera synthetic brush, which was had the worst feel for this kind of pattern.
I also wanted to test smaller brushes. The Empremar natural hair brush felt better comparing to the Leonard synthetic one. Conclusions: this kind of painting is best done with a natural hair brush.