This is how I prepared the page before I did my lion - very slowly and gently building up a surface.
When I did today's page I think I rushed it a bit - I used the pva neat and it was far too thick and it made ridges - it resisted the watercolour too much and was not nice to work over. I resorted to using inktense practically neat - and it left me no room for graduating and shading the colours. it didn't turn out to bad in the end - I just didn't enjoy it as much as normal.
I have just treated myself to the 36 set Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints. I have been trying to get a set of Peerless watercolours - and it's just about impossible in the UK - these look to be as close as possible to them - and other users have said they react in a similar way. Thing is - they have to come direct from Japan - and will take about 3 weeks - I WANT THEM NOW!!!!!