It happened just as I stood up and looked longingly at my favorite chair. NOOO!! *Expletive* My decorative paper, my tools, my large protective paper were covered in a puddle of ink.
Accidents happen in the studio, in the kitchen, in the office. Often times you may have to start over, especially if its technology related. But not always. Save often, so says the motto. Artists don't always have that option however. I'd been working on my Inktober drawing for the night. It was late, and I was tired. I was having a hard enough time thinking of my line work, and just wanting to get through this slump of ideas. I didn't know what it was I needed until it happened.
Sometimes the universe has a way of giving you what you need before you know what to ask for. In these moments, we have the choice to accept or reject and struggle further. There's an added incentive as well! Money! Not wasting your materials is paramount. I almost wanted to cry that this big black void was staring back at me, challenging me, daring me to break. Many an artist would have thrown a fit and turned the table over yelling. Well some at least. I'm at least clumsy once a month so I'm no stranger to accidents in the studio. I even preach about rolling with the punches! Now it was time to put my money where my mouth was. Is.
If you watch closely at the puddle in the beginning of the video, you can see it still trying to move across the paper. I dipped my brush in the puddle for every stroke, and then when I used as much as I could, I squeezed the excess back into the bottle. Thankfully I was able to save some that way as well, because there was way more ink left over after I'd nearly covered this 22x30 inch paper!
I proved to myself that it can be done. I told myself not to waste it. If I had simply put the ink back in the bottle I would've wasted the paper that got hit. And by doing so, I not only placed proverbial crisp dollar bills on my pie-hole, but I also broke a long streak of artist block! Added bonus! A good artist friend of mine recently donated to me a large stack of paper and I've been itching to tackle it, but always feel a slight hesitation. So the muse said, do it now! Don't think! So I did, and feel so much better.
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