I've been working on a little book this afternoon.
I've realized that I'm either not following Carla's instructions for applying the watercolors, or I don't remember what she did, or maybe I'm doing my own thing.
Anyway, of course, you'd want to experiment.
Here's what I've been doing:
After the gesso is dry, rather than waiting for the first coat of watercolor to dry, I do a wet-on wet, I think it's called. I put one color really liquid, then I add another color on the side or most of it, and let that drip and melt into the first color.
I get much more vibrant colors, and the results are pretty neat.
So... it's up to you. Experiment until you get the colors you want. The beautiful thing about watercolors is that they run into each other, and if you can hang your papers to dry, and have them standing rather than laying flat, then the colors will run. IF they lay flat, they will puddle, which is another interesting effect.
Anyway, I'm sure you have enough junk mail to experiment.
These should inspire you and fill in where I didn't put words....
This last one is a page from Carla's book. She's just too clever!