Every watercolor painting presents different problems in the procedure.
The first step is wet-in-wet. My normal procedure is to paint “through” the smaller areas when painting the large areas. That helps make edges softer and unifies the color.
In this painting, I decided not to do that. Because I want to control the mixing of the pigments to suggest textures, I painted “around” the buildings.
Because I need to paint more slowly with this process, I added glycerin to my water container. The glycerin not only makes the pigments separate more but it also slows down the drying time.
Keeping the background wet by spraying with that solution and then adding salt where I wanted more texture completes Step 1.