I didn't feel like starting over on cold press paper so I fiddled with the hot press mess, trying to do the wet-in-wet technique. Even though the paper was very wet, it still left hard edges on this hot press paper - I think it's okay for more dry techniques but I'm going to the Saunders Waterford paper for the wet-in-wet.
I did a little practice on the leaves from the Ewa Karpinski book. She has you lay down the shape with clean water, then begin putting in the colors at different stages. She talks about the mirror stage, the cool matt stage and the dry mat stage. It's a matter of timing with wet-in-wet, apparently, and I need more practice. Rather than start on something big, I'm going to do a few more of these to get the feel of it before tackling the revised Caw Girl 2 on better paper.
When working on these little leaves, you have to stay and wait and watch the water on the paper and go in at the right time to get the look you want. I was getting tired by the 4th one and took a break - for too long - so when I returned, the 4th and 5th leaves were dry. I will rewet them and go back in and do more...
I definitely have a huge respect for watercolorists who work wet-in-wet and get beautiful results! I'll get there someday - just not today.
My back is flaring up - the upper back now which never hurt before. I guess this is just going to be a constant thing with me now :(