I edited my previous post with some new information, but didn't want some of my earlier commentors to miss this info, so here it is again.
In the comments on my previous post, Betty Keefe recommends an online class at Craftsy done by Deepti - one of my all-time favorites cardmakers. I don't know how I missed this class.
(Sorry Deepti, I really do look at every post on your blog - obviously not carefully enough - or just not focused on learning to watercolor at the time.)
In looking at the overview, it goes from basics to advanced. I just watched the intro class and it would have saved me hours. She talks about paper, about mediums (she uses the Sakura Koi watercolors that I mentioned were turning out to be my favorites), she talks about brushes (soft brushes that hold water, just like I discovered in my hours of practice - but she likes Round Size 8 and then shows how to use that brush for various techniques), she even talks about the best palettes! I haven't even gotten to the act of watercoloring yet and I am practically giddy (which is a word that someone of my age doesn't use very often)!! I am settling in for more hours of watching and practicing and am beyond excited to learn from Deepti!!
The class is half price right now (only $15 for hours of videos) - but even before watching, I would guarantee it's worth full price!!
Thank you Betty for pointing this out.
Thank you Deepti for the fabulous info!!