So far, the only painting I've managed to finish without ruining it, is the geisha painting. So that makes me 1 for 3. The canyon painting was a total loss...
and this Undergrowth painting...not sure what to think of it. I have not learned how to bring something out of nothing but colors and drips yet...unless it's obvious to me that there is something to "see" there.
I have worked on the koi painting a bit more (the last one I began in Nick's workshop). This photo was taken while the paper (Arches 140# hotpress) was soaking wet with color and water.
When it was about 75% dry, I spritzed off paint that was still wet, leaving the dried paint (remember, this is fluid acrylic, not watercolor). This is what makes that batik look that adds so much interest and texture.
The problem with the batik technique is one never knows what one will get - kinda like a box of chocolates?? (It's all in the timing.) The fact that you use 140# hotpress paper and tape the edges down without taping the paper down causes those valleys that hold paint, allowing other areas to dry sooner.
Next I'll remove the masking fluid from the fish and begin painting it and working it more into the water.