I recently got some very nice watercolors as a present (at least, I think they are good quality). The problem is that I am clueless when it comes to watercolors.
My supplies (the ones that I blindly assume can be used for watercolors) are:
A few Robert Simmons synthetic white sable brushes in various sizes (which I am also using for acrylics, is that bad?)
Strathmore watercolor paper
W/N Cotman watercolor set (tubes, not pans)
Are there any more supplies that I need to get started? Any useful books for technique? Anything I should learn about watercolors? Overall advice would be helpful. Right now I'm just fiddling around with them and just painting randomly. Also, I have come across the problem of overworking the paper (it wasn't strathmore though, it was canson, but I ran out of those) and having it start to "shed". How do I prevent this from happening?