I don't know why every painting can't go as smooth as this one. This one was a fun one to paint, and I did not seem to run into too many problems. I did have a hard time starting though, and decide to go and buy some new mugs to get me going (one of which is above). If I had it my way I would probably buy new stuff to paint every day, but that would get pricey. However, if I get stuck it always seem to help to get out and buy something.