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As an 'old school' artist, I started out in the days when you couldn't zip down to the local paint store and select from a wide array of almost fail proof water based primers and gesso, plus varied painting mediums and varnishes.
One of the styles of painting I love to do is called a monotype. Here is a short video of how I do this. The important thing is to have some fun with paint!
Move away from mirroring or imitation of natural phenomena as this is only secondary.