I finished my cottage. The photo was by Anne Kelly. I met her thru Facebook and she has graciously allowed me to use any of her photos. I loved this one. It's about 9x12 inches on Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper from a Visual Journal book. I used Micron pens, watercolors, and colored pencils.
I was really worried when I started the sketch. So many little twigs in the trees and such gnarly trees. The next day I did some refining of the sketch and started to put some watercolor down. When I got to a certain point, I went to the colored pencils (Albrecht Durer brand watercolor pencils). I used the colored pencils both wet with a waterbrush and dry for texture. And before, during, and after I added micron when I felt the need.