I picked up few art classes over at ArtTutor - they were on sale this past weekend. One of them is "Watercolor wet in wet" with Andrew Geeson. Watching the videos, I realized the mistake I was making. Well, one of them anyway. I used to wet the whole page, which made it very hard to control the paint. I decided to practice the approach and test it with pen line.
Here is the result:
For the apple, I used some lines with the Platinum Carbon Pen and for the gourd, the glass dip pen. I like the gourd the least. I see potential with this method, but more practice is needed of course,