Well, actually, yes it does, I found!
The minute I started applying the paint I knew something was wrong. The paint didn’t flow, the paper was just sucking it up, and the whole image just looked amateurish, because the paint just sat there. Weird. I’ve never had that happen to me before – and after thinking about it and asking others at the workshop, the nearest I can think is that the paper had dried out. Ok, I’ve learnt that as a lesson, lets try it all again after lunch and count the first picture as a practice piece.
Armed with a new piece (of the same paper, but some I’d had stored in a bag in a cupboard rather than exposed to the dry air of my studio) I tried again. Redrew it all, and with baited breath, mixed my paint, and dipped my brush in to do the first wash. Fine. Absolutely fine. So it WAS the paper that was off. How strange.