In a perfect world, I would have used masking fluid on the bugs and on all the little openings in the bowl, laid over a perfect wash, removed the masking fluid and then painted the bugs at the end - a bit late now. So the wash is a bitty affair as I try to get around all of the details. I have never had much success with masking fluid on watercolour paper, I find it tears the surface a bit - pity, because it is such a great idea. If anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong with the stuff, I would love to know!
I have a terrible habit of leaving the backgrounds until the end, and getting myself into all sorts of trouble - don't do what I have done - paint from the back to the front, it's good advice!
That said, I quite like the backruns in the wash, and truthfully, am over the moon that the painting is working at all!
The legs of the ladybird have bled a bit into the background - the fault of the gum arabic, I think. They will need to be touched up at the end. The gum arabic has given the paint a wonderful sheen - I love it - quite unlike the surface of a watercolour painting - I am planning on glazing a thin layer over the whole painting at the end.
Can't wait to see how it all turns out! (See the finished work here.)