I found a roll of classical Double Shuen and the texture and paint and water take up of it is very, very much more absorbent than the practice paper or the roll of straight rice paper I had. I also found a roll from China that I think my mother gave me that scares me a little, as the texture is beautifully rough. This, I think, gave me a good feel for what that might be the next step towards.
So first, the warm up, because after the drive I just had to try these... this was done on my practice paper, so it spread differently... and the trees seem way too smooth after using the other paper.
Then the first attempt to fulfil the prompt of "butterflies and bamboo":
But I think it was a little too crowded so I tried again.
I rather like that one better.
And then I mixed up a mad batch of purple and tried irises for the first time because gogoangelgunboy wrote a fic called "Shinigami Sunset" and I haven't been able to get irises out of my head since. There are more irises in my future, I think...