1. Sometimes a preliminary sketch or even slight markings on the paper itself to help me stay within the concept I'm going for.
4. Wetting the watercolor paper, then placing on a flat surface. When partially dry, I tape the tips of the corners to keep the paper as flat as I can.
5. Adding paint to my palette as needed, and choosing brushes that are fitting for the task at hand.
6. I begin my process with a few deep breaths, and a few moments of meditation to connect with whatever inspiration might come through. Then I start painting, get lost in the process ... and find my joy!