Preparing a Wet Mount 1) Place your specimen on the slide. Make sure the layer is as ________ as possible. Note: In order to make your specimen as thin as possible, you can spread it (smear it) on the slide using a toothpick. 2) Add _______ drop of water (or stain) to the specimen. 3) Add cover slip on a _________ at one edge of the water (or stain) and lower it over the specimen ________. 4) Remove trapped bubbles by _____________ tapping the cover with the __________________ of a pencil.