I wanted to try a stencil but I quickly realized as I was poking around for some tips and hints that it's a problem because watercolors bleed under the stencil. But I figured it wasn't a problem for this card since I was doing an ocean and I didn't need totally clean and neat lines.
After taping down the paper and the Go with the Flow Stencil, I added a couple drops of Cookie Monster Liquid Watercolors and a couple drops of Shimmer Liquid Watercolor. I painted the top part of the stencil, section by section. I wasn't being totally neat and tidy, but I didn't just color over everything because I wanted to have some definition. Then I dipped my brush in some water before dipping it in the the watercolor mixture so that the next rows were slightly lighter. I did this about five times to get to the bottom so that the bottom sections are quite light. Then I dipped my brush in water one more time and painted the lightest shade over the entire ocean.
The shimmer is important. Check out how it looks on the water, plus I painted just some uncolored shimmer on the fish! LOVE this stuff!!