I have decided that it is better to buy just what I need and not to stock up on art supplies, especially if they are “perishable.”
It is hard to resist a sale. Hard to not up the online order to get free shipping. But if the ink dries out before I can use it then it was not really a savings.
I love ink in tubes. It is so easy to dispense just a little and they don’t dry out as fast as jars.
Sometimes I even cut the tubes and use every last drop.
With the speedball water based block printing ink I can cover the open end with plastic wrap and a clip and make them last even longer.
It is hard to make good prints with globby ink.
Is your studio filled with:
- things that you love and use
- things that inspire you
- things that you might use
- things that you have had for years and not used yet?
No judgement here.
When I look around my studio I realize that I have a lot of all those things. My plan is to get rid of the “might use” and “had for years” to create space for what I do.
This desire also informs my buying decisions. Because when I throw away dried up and unused supplies, if feels like I am throwing away money.
Off to sort through the good, bad and the ugly in my studio.