I just started up using water color paints after a long hiatus. The first picture, the betta, only took me about half an hour. I was just playing around with my water-color pencils.
The second picture I used actual water color and it took me probably 20 hours or so by the time I sketched it out, used the masking fluid, and then did the various layers. I'm still not quite done with it... I need to add some texture to the rocks in the background, add darker tones, and I need to rework the fish tails. But here we are...
By the way, squidsquiggle,
I absolutely love those pics! Particularly the sea horses and the reflection one.