The difference is that in this case I've elected to participate informally in a 100layersofpaint challenge that I learned about from an online artist friend.
I don't even know what the guidelines of the challenge are, nor who's sponsoring it. Right now I'm just adding some kind of layer each day.
Already, even with just these few layers, I've swung back and forth more than once between liking and not liking.
What I do consistently like, though, is the mindset I'm noticing. I feel more open to experimentation than usual, more exploratory.
Today's additions: stamped letters/numbers, acrylic skin, more red dots.
Collaging a few strips of a clear acrylic skin, with its embedded black fabric-ink lines, was also especially fun. Ahead of time I thought to myself, Why go to the trouble of collaging this film, why not just draw some black lines directly? Because, I discovered, the lines offer up something different from what I'd ever think to draw in context. Love 'em.