I'm sure many of you out there already know this trick, but for those who don't, here goes. I recently signed up for another cartooning class taught by Mat Brown (Cartoonist Survey #2) and we are being forced, yes forced to ink with a brush and a dip pen. I have been using Microns and Pitt pens forever so this will not be easy. One thing I noticed is how my elbow, hand and anything else within 6 inches of the bottle of ink constantly make contact with it and are eventually going to knock it over and ruin my day. A couple weeks ago at the suggestion of Bill White (Cartoonist Survey #1) I purchased the Ken Muse book, 'The Secrets of Professional Cartooning'. In it he shows this easy and cheap way to keep your trusty bottle of ink from tipping over. Just take a piece of bristol and trace around the ink bottle's base. Then use an X-acto knife (parental supervision required) and slice straight lines from the center out. Place it down over the top of the your bottle and you're done. Another added bonus is that it gives you a couple of inches all around it to allow for drips ("That's what she said." - Michael Scott)
Thanks to Paula at Small & Big for recommending I do this post.