I’ve got “COOL” (or at least some main, time consuming splatter). It took me tons of time but I’ve tried three different ways of creating and animating shapes like this using masks. I also caught up on some of the podcasts! This is what I’ve got at this stage.
(Of course, it can be done in a variety of ways and here I chose to do it directly in After Effects without any third party plugins. I don’t think I will want to do it again in this partocular way any time soon, though.)
For the weekend I saved learning the foundations of cel animation using Adobe Animate (aka Flash).