The problem here is not one of art, it is one of technique. In printmaking, like many other art processes, there is good and bad technique. The image must print as intended, which is clearly, cleanly, and distinctly, even if they are meant to be scribbles or scratches. The markings are where they are intended to be: no fingerprints, smudges, or stray lines. Usually the intention of printmaking is a clean, clear print. Even a monotype, a painterly print, needs to be printed well so that the art will shine.
Mistakes in technique have nothing to do with happy accidents. Happy accidents include deciding that the final print doesn't have to look like the print you planned in your head. Happy accidents are part of the creative process, not the technical one. Happy accidents are part of the art. Accepting a happy accident can lead you in a direction you never thought to go.
But poor printing is poor printing, not a happy accident. Acceptance, in this case, does not lead to growth. Wrong letters make it look like the printer didn't proofread. Why not practice more? Why not aim higher? Why not continue to learn? It's an ongoing process. By accepting the first print you see you've shut down the process. Same with writing; you're probably going to have to throw out the first sentence, maybe the first paragraph, maybe the first draft in order to refine your craft. You have to challenge yourself. And stay open to both refining your technique and exploring new paths.
|From Lightning Strikes A Butterfly, 2002|