I’ll add my “glowing blunders” here as I go, so check back often. Making mistakes for me are often a fantastic way to learn. Hopefully you can gain from my muddled slip-ups and fab flubs!
– It doesn’t have to be perfect. I’ve learned the hard way that if it has to be perfect, it will never get done, will often be abandoned in the middle, and rarely begun. The best work I’ve done has been a complete and utterly unexpected surprise.
– All washi tapes aren’t the same. I absolutely love these transparent paper tapes, though because of limited supplies and income haven’t tried many. But I have tried the Tim Holtz idea-ology tape as well as another unknown brand found at a thrift store (no container or label). The unknown brand would stick to anything, but the Tim Holtz won’t work on top of paint, only when applied to paper. (The TH tapes are still beautiful, though!) So, unless you want to glue it down, be sure to test it out over the medium you’ll be using ahead of time if it is necessary for your plan.
– Cheap craft brushes are just fine, except… Occasionally they are, but I learned the hard way that when I want a smooth wash of color, or will be working them into the page, I’ll end up with a ton of hairs or bristles embedded in the paint. For messy or grungy artwork that can be great, but sometimes it’s really helpful to have that good quality brush available when you need it.