The problem with automatic techniques is that there is little control over what the outcome is going to look like.
Which, on one hand, is like “duh that’s why you use automatic techniques in the first place” but when I saw the results it was more like “no wait actually I knew exactly what I wanted it wasn’t this.”
Which is not to say I’m entirely unhappy with the result. Just surprised to find that I was disappointed by this round of painting/reducing with turps. Hestia’s panel was reduced with turps-soaked lace, it gave a much more subtle effect than what I was expecting. I think the difference was that when I first did this, on the Hermes panel, I had a thinner layer of paint. So that does seem to make a difference.