I made a new journal that measures 12" by 4.5" using 140lb watercolor paper. I'm calling it my tree journal because that is all that I'll be painting in this journal.
For my first illustration, I used a credit card dipped in watercolor paint and scrapped out the trunk of the tree using the side of the credit card. I had to run the credit card a couple of times to create the tree trunk making sure I left some white of the watercolor paper showing. Once the tree trunks were dry, I then started to add the tree foliage. I made sure that the tree foliage was dry before I started tweaking the painting.