Well here it is, already DAY 13 and I see I am not the only one who is floundering. Didn't have as much time in the art room but did get to play a bit. I had gessoed a couple of sheets of paper and put them on top of each other, and of course when I tried to separate they lost some of their layers in places. Thought it would be interesting to see what the paint did with that. You an see some of the darker spots is where the paper was damaged and the paint really settled into those areas. Yes, it is an effect, but I learned the lesson to not put wet papers on top of each other any more. Also got some practice with a fine liner. I had purchase a couple but really hadn't use them, so now fill the second one with black and I will be good to go.