I'm on Project 2 of the 10 projects in the Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Water Colors by Dawn McLeod Heim. The lesson is "Truffle and Notecard" and it's all about creating illusions. I painted this fun little gem strictly from the directions and didn't add any personal challenge for myself because, can I tell you, I seriously thought, there is NO way mine is going to look like this. Lesson learned: stop thinking of what I CAN'T do and jump in with both hands, both feet and a loaded paint brush. I love this book!