This rose was an experiment with layering water colors to get deeper darks. The darkest areas were painted first in india ink to darken the paper. It was a little hard to handle if I let the watercolors on top get too wet. It was so hard waiting a full day for the last layer. But the leaves have some fantastic details, and the darks are very dark. I lost the smoothness by going back in so many times, but with practice that should improve. The white is chalk I used to line out the edges for the last red highlights.