Inspired by Laura Horn's online lessons on watercolor abstracts, I followed her recommendations and started a little journal for experimenting with this medium. The small scale and informal feeling of the journal make this a freeing, low-pressure way to learn new ways to use watercolor. One new trick that has proven useful is Lauren Horn's use of a bamboo skewer to make very thin marks by dragging the skewer across wet areas. Another technique I've enjoyed (but which Lauren Horn doesn't mention, oddly enough) is blowing on the wet puddles, which creates little bursts. So much fun!