I'm stinking less this week. Part of the problem was that I wasn't sure what proportion of colors to use and didn't have one technique to use them all.
This week I finally got tired of the practice blank, chose the proportions and after starting on the tip section of my own blank, developed a method that was repeatable.
I've even had the courage to do some over a couple of times. Ok and a few fell apart and HAD to be done over, too. This is every bit as humbling as flyfishing, wouldn't you agree?
One thing I've noticed about my Gatti blank is that it's very easy to mark. Even the rubber band that was on one of the saddles left a mark. Sheesh!