[Big, New Press]
Last week I posted about a new press that came into my studio, but I didn't talk at all about how I paid for it, how I made the decision, or what it means for the future. I don't talk much about money, and I'm afraid that I might be doing a disservice to folks who want to pursue their own art by giving the topic short shrift.
We've all heard the adage, "You've got to spend money to make money." In my opinion that's only half of the story. My version would be, "You've got to invest money in things that you have proven can provide a return on the investment and then perform lots of careful actions to manifest that return." I invested very slowly and carefully to make sure that "failure" would carry as little risk as possible.
- I started with house paint, then cheap water-based ink.
- I started with typewriter paper, then card stock, then real, but cheap, printmaking paper.
- I started with a spoon, then a rolling pin, then a borrowed baren.
- I started with blocks of scrap wood from a friend's burn pile and stuck with that for a while.