Thomas Edison said…
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
I’m not sure I am at the 10,000 flops mark, but I feel like I came close earlier this week. And here’s why.
When I created this illustration…
I was pretty excited with the overall concept. Upon review from my editor-in-chief (a.k.a my husband) though, I realized that Josephine’s expression did need some tweaking.
And my husband also wasn’t convinced by the background. He said…
So I decided to start over, and am happy to share with you my list of…
WAYS THAT WON’T WORK
#1. Begin by retracing the illustration onto a fresh sheet of marker paper.
Technically, retracing does work, but by versions 6, 7 and 8 (see below), I felt pretty foolish when I realized that scanning the line drawing into my computer and then printing it out onto art paper was a lot less time-consuming.
#2. Use Q-tips with Copic Various Ink Refills to create a background ink wash.
That was my intention at least when I made the trip to Dick Blick’s art store in lower Manhattan to purchase the Copic Various Ink refills. I found the refills, but also attracted the attention of a security guard who followed me around every aisle convinced I was his childhood French art teacher. But I digress. More to the point was that I learned that the Q-tip wash technique is best suited for small background areas. On my illustration, the result was messy and streaky looking…not to mention that my hands got stained with the inks.
#3. Cleaning up Copic ink spills is easy.
Guess what? This is permanent ink. Soap and water won’t remove it and neither will nail polish remover. However, Copic Colorless Blender solution does! Which is something to keep in mind when you try and use the “Blender” to blend different colored inks on your marker paper. The blender should be renamed “Color-Lifter-Offer” or “Color-Smearer.” Here’s an example of the blender used incorrectly…
#4. Dilute Copic ink with water for a softer background “wash.”
My attempts at a water-diluted ink wash resulted in this (mess). Note the buckled and wrinkled paper.
#5. You can smooth out any buckles or wrinkles on your Borden & Riley #125 Bleedproof marker paper with a household iron.
Although I have ironed other paper before, this paper is definitely not suited for this kind of treatment. In fact, if you iron the shiny back side of the paper, the paper will glue itself to your iron. How neat is that?!
After gaining all of this hard-earned wisdom, some people might have done this…
But not me (or Thomas Edison.) So I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see the redone illustration along with some tips on WAYS THAT WORK!