Oops! I made a mistake. Now what?

It happens.  Watercolors.  Permanent Black Markers.  You are going to make a mistake.  Quickly sketching it out with pencil first helps me make fewer errors, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.  Here are my solutions:

1.  Cover it up with white pen.  I use a Signo UM-153 white pen to scribble overtop of my error.  I suppose you could use white-out.  Apparently it works. I know I’ve done this about 3 times and I had to hunt to find an example.  (I dropped my brush, full of orange paint)

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2.  Cover it up with paper…decorative or just white paper.

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3.  Ignore it.  Seriously.  My main goal is to hear what the Lord would have me hear as I read and study, NOT to create masterpieces.  Errors are not a big deal in my book.  Notice how I extended this black line on the Bible WAY too far?  Ya.  I pretended it didn’t happen.

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Sketch it out first

I do not just “wing it” when it comes to using a permanent marker.  Even with all the practice I’m getting, I’m not that good at it.  Invariably I end up with 4 more letters in the word and only enough space for 1.  So I sketch out the words/images I plan to draw first, then use the marker, then erase.  Be careful when you erase to only rub the eraser away from the center of the glued on pages (otherwise crumpled pages may result).  Finally I go back and add the watercolors.

How to: Getting your pages in the sketchbook

Remember, there isn’t a “right” way to do this.  But I am sharing my experience in hopes it can help.

I apply the glue with my page on a scrap paper so I can get glue all the way to the edges.

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But even then the glue dries quickly so I often have to touch up the edges.

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I just try to center the pages with a bit of a gap in the gutter.  Some are straight..some are not quite straight.  Perfection is not my goal.  Learning from the spirit is, and perfect pages aren’t necessary to reach that goal.

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