This is the largest painting that I am working on right now, it has been through several steps already. Numbers stamped on using black acrylic paint, I photocopied all of my butterfly drawings and some doodes I liked and collaged them on the surface of the canvas with torn edges. Nothing fancy, I just used the copy paper is was on. One of the butterflies I copied in three sizes as you can see repetition is fun. I also used some of my carved block print stamps to add small flowers. A thin coat of gesso was then applied and allowed to dry. The next day there was nickel azo gold left on my pallet from something else I was doing and decided to turn around and slather it on this. Nickel AZO gold is great for collage layers because it is naturally sheer. It is made by Golden. A fluid based acrylic that makes it hard to apply to much. I smeared it with a wet sponge, and added quinacridone red and magenta two other liquid acrylics that are transparent and made by Golden. After this dried I used a baby wipe with extra alcohol to wipe and expose areas of imagery I wanted to bring back stronger in the painting. Also using the same technique to lighten areas of collaged text and papers in the underpainting. The blotchiness excites me and I have no clue where it will go from here. The edges of the torn collaged photocopies create beautiful depth and texture when I began wiping with the baby wipes. Layers and textures cannot be faked or rushed. Distress actually has to happen between layers to be real.