Thursday, May 1, 2008

the magic of happy accidents

while painting or inking backgrounds, i used to put scraps of papertowels and newspapers underneath so i wouldn't demolish the kitchen counters (they're used way more for art than cooking). originally i planned to throw these scraps away but then i discovered that i loved the effect of the layered colors and randomness of the ink splotches. so these colorful little by-products have become some of my favorite art materials. now i put pieces of vintage books and magazines under the edges of my watercolor paper to catch the fallout while i paint, and then i use the scraps and bits for other projects. what a thrill, being able to make two things at the same time.

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