I painted my Christmas cards this year instead of printing a selection of my wintery paintings which is what I have done in the past. I don't send out a lot of cards so it didn't take too long and I thought I could probably do the same again next year. So, I recently bought some card stock with envelopes. Unfortunately, I placed my order with out reading the product information carefully.
I was very disappointed when I received my package and opened it up. The paper just was not the quality that I am used to working on. It may be alright for many purposes but it is not wonderful for watercolor painting. I actually think the cards look better in these photos than they do in person.
With such a different paper I find I have to plan my painting more carefully because once the paint is down it doesn't move. I can't lift color or blend to any degree.
I definitely have a challenge ahead of me as I work to learn how to use this card stock. And, I have definitely learned a lesson about reading more carefully before buying something new.