What I like about the way I work in my art studio is that I do not waste too much time worrying about the finished product or what will happen if I do this or that to the work in progress . O.K. I'm not that free completely, but I do work very hard at letting go of the picayune stuff. For example, I love pinning my work up on the wall in my studio so that i can step back and look at the piece as it develops. I have discovered that using tiny Map push pins work just fine for pinning smaller works on paper to the wall. These tiny push pins leave a small enough hole in the work to be considered within my hole acceptability index. The holes are dainty and if you pin your piece close to the edge of the work, they generally do not show when your work is framed.
I enjoy creating painted papers for my Mixed Media collages. When I work small I use already mixed paint and squirt onto a plastic palette which in my case is the discarded plastic tops of carry out salad containers. I use therse "palettes" over and over as acrylic paint dries from one use to another. When the palettes get so caked with paint that they begin to peel...I throw them out. Reminder, always keep your food products far away from your art products.