I have been laying watercolor down on some pages in my Strathmore journal. I am fairly new at working with watercolors. The watercolors I am using are the affordable Prang brand watercolors. You can find the eight color set in lots of places like Target, etc. You will probably find them in the children’s craft section of the store. I ordered a sixteen color set from Dick Blick…I think it was less than $4. I’m not willing to spend a lot of money for the more expensive watercolors until I’m sure that I will use them often. I used a Sharpie Pen and a uni-ball Signo Pen for making all of the lines.