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Edit: on a happier note. I LOVE it when people do things like this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjZX5…

Yeah baby.




I like it when people do nice things for me. I do. But for the love of god.. if you are not an artist and you get the urge to clean up an artist's desk.. follow a few little tips.

do NOT under any circumstances, put their paint brushes.. brush tip down in the containers. This bends and breaks the bristles and renders the brushes useless for the artist. Considering how bloody expensive good brushes are, you might cost someone quite a pretty penny. As well as make them unable to do any work till they're replaced.

do NOT stick their inking pen upright in the brush container. It goes in it's own 'omfg sharp stuff' container. It kind of hurts to reach for a brush and get stabbed by your own pen.

do NOT clean off their palette. I know it looks like a messy pile of squished paint all over. But in the case of watercolor artists, that is *reusable*. not trash! And since the high end watercolors go for 15-30 dollars a bottle.. well let's say we learn to be frugal with our watercolor use. Plus I have a memory problem and can't for the love of god remember my color scheme for my current paintings unless I look at my palette.

do NOT throw away some weird paper that looks like a heavy duty white tissue. That's transfer paper. I need it.

do NOT go 'oh this colored pencil is just a stump' and throw it away. Yes it's a stump. I can still use it. Chances are I'll use it till it's DEAD. And if it's black or indigo or dark umber, chances are it's the only one I have left! And no money to get more so.. don't! omfg don't!

Basically.. don't throw anything away. You don't know what it is, and it might be something really important. Watch how you put the tools of the trade away.

maybe in the end the best advice is.. just don't touch an artist's desk. Seriously.

*grumps and goes to fix brushes and dig through the trash for art supplies*
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Large sign board hanging from ceiling over arts area.

"Do Not Disturb under penalty of being Eaten"
Do not Move, Do Not Touch, Do Not Approach, Do Not Even Think About IT!!
This has been a public service announcement for your own safety and continued good health.
{IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO CLOSE AND ARE IN DANGER!!}
The Manglement.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahahahaha! :thumbsup:
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I laughed so hard, thanks for that!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Poor baby :(
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha X"D so true!
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lookingback7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
QFT!
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whaigur808 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
:petting: i'm not an artist, but i still get pissy for anyone messing with my stuff. just because YOU don't understand it doesn't mean there isn't rhyme or reason to my organization :steaming:
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Ao-Ryuu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Oh, wow...that must've been very traumatic for you!V___V It really over shadows the person's good intentions of cleaning your desk.

Especially considering that you have expensive art supplies! I would've died a little inside...>_<
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ah man
sad times....

people have learned to leave my stuff alone....for the most part.

may you 'recover' quickly ^^
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RinaFanel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My art teacher shoved those rules down my throat...I live by them now. The brushes I don't use, have their caps still on and are laying in a pencil box in the bottom of my art kit..and what I do I have bristle up in a tooth brush holder. And I SWEAR I found one down and I was so mad!!
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Hermioneann Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Ouch. Just don't clean anyone's desk, no matter what, really.
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AlissaMT Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student General Artist
OMG. That's just horrible! D: I think I'd cry. Luckily people know not to touch my stuff.
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puffbird Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
D:>
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooo...ouch. I've never had that happen simply because I don't yet have a painting desk/room/area at home. But I definitely will make sure my boyfriend knows not to touch when I get one. He's already felt my wrath when he put my beads away once...I remember that necklace was gorgeous...now if only I could remember what beads I had been using and in what sequence...bah.

Just curious...who cleaned up after you?
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Renbutt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
While I don't have paints myself, it annoys the HELL out of me when my husband cleans around my area because I always end up losing something. e.e I have a toddler to top it all off. So yes, I feel your pain.
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kittykaya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I get pretty messy with my clay and to come home from work to see someone has cleared off all your stuff and scrunched all your unbaked charms together... it makes me want to cry just thinking about it ;_____;
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Satanic-fishmonkey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
i feel for you. no one is allowed to touch my art supplies except for a few people because they know what they are and how to properly take care of them.
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mockingfly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
oh my god, thats the worse. i'm so glad i live by myself.
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derangedfirebird Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ack, bad luck! Hope you manage to find everything!
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C-C-Corone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear, I completely agree with you DX
An artist's desk should be sacred!
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Rochnan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ouch. I symphatize.

I have the additional problem of being very experimental with ';painting' techniques, making some of the works in progress look a lot like scrap papers... guess what happens when someone trying to clean up sees them. (Also: "Why's all that mess on your desk?" "Those are my paintings...")
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MisticUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I feel for you. I hate having someone else clean up my art projects/messes.

OH and Jess, speaking of watercolors... I would like to get you some M. Graham paints for Christmas (I hate to spoil the surprise factor), but I don't know what colors you already have :confused: Help me out?
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
YOU FAIL AT SURPRISE umm.. I.. I don't know... I... don't know O.o

I have..
sap green
ultramarine violet
phthalocyanine green (who the hell named that)
payne's gray
quinacridone violet (there's another who named that)
lamp black
raw umber
hooker's green

mmmm honey based paints. Always makes me wonder if they're sweet tasting.
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Quaisor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Seriously? Hooker's green??? lmao. I never associated green with hookers. It doesn't make me think of pleasant things...
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
bought it for the name, kept it for the fantastic, gangrenous color.
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Quaisor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
"gangrenous" yep, that's closer to what I was thinking :)
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
I couldn't think of an std that involved this particular shade of green so.. gangrenous. yep.
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honeylocust Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
here's some useless trivia! Sir william Jackson Hooker was a plant biologist in the 18th century and he went about the world "discovering" all sorts of plants. I think that shade of green is named after him because of all the green stuff he brought back to England. This is just a theory and I have nothing to back it up with. cheers!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol wrong william hooker. The color was named for william hooker but he was a botanical artist in the 1700's-1800's. Ah here's what was in one of my ooold art history books:

William Hooker was a British botanical artist, particularly esteemed for his depictions of fruit, who gave his name to the paint color Hooker’s Green. He served as the official artist to the Horticultural Society of London from 1812 to 1820 and regularly illustrated their Transactions. After studying botanical illustration with Francis Bauer, he co-published the botanical periodical Paradisus Londinensis with R.A. Salisbury from 1805 to 1808. Hooker engraved the drawings of James Forbes for Oriental Memoirs (1813-15). He was no relation to his contemporary Sir William Jackson Hooker, a famous botanist who was director of Kew Gardens.

It's kind of ironic that two men around the same time period had.. the same name and the same love of botany. Here's another site that has some information on him (it's an antique dealer's site, it's really quite hard to find information on HIM and not the Kew director): [link] it has both the Sir william and then below it, his name.
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Quaisor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
LMOA!!!
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MisticUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
lol Thoughts about their possible taste temped me too... but I have yet to give in... too expensive to eat ;)
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April0930 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
probably a smart idea. Some colors are toxic: Alizarin Crimson for example. It would be a "sweet" way to die though :)
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
hey sarah. Watch this: [link]
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MisticUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I love those things :D It would be fun to be in one.
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joeiepaul Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
totally been there experienced that and amen!
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Myszt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh nooooo D: Reading that was a kick to the stomach, I'm sorry for you losses :O Hopefully everything is retrievable
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theranforgotten Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Condolences after the tragic incident of having your workspace cleaned by someone else. Not to mention the feeling of alienation when not being able to recognize the place :p
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telophase Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, ouch!
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winter-raine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I would have to agree with you!
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