Yes, I know. It’s a nuisance, and you just want to get started painting!
In Watercolor Jumpstart (my online beginner class), we work on very small sheets of paper (8×11″ and smaller). At that size, it’s possible to simply tape down all four sides of the paper and not run into too much trouble with buckling. In the Jumpstart projects, I deliberately avoided techniques that involve a lot of water or extended time working wet.
This course is different! There are plenty of ways to paint skies in watercolor that do not involve a lot of water, but I’m teaching the things that work for me, and that means LOTS of water.