It took me several decades of spilling my beverages on my art work to figure out a simple way to stop that.
For over twenty years the main rule in my studio was “don’t set any drinking glasses or cups on any surfaces.” Yet, I myself would do it.
Often someone would bring in ice tea, or soda or water and visit me and set their glass down, leaving a wet spot for me to set a piece of art work on and ruin. Yet, I myself did so, also.
Just as often, the glass or cup would be forgotten and if I didn’t bring it in, I didn’t track it and as often as not I would knock it over to ruin even more art work, or tools or books, and just send me into a rage of despair. So one day after getting lots of art work and a very favorite book destroyed, I set myself to finding an inexpensive way to avoid this.
I started with cup holders for cars, screwed to the side of my tables; it worked but I kept hanging up my shirt tails on them. It took a leap of mental change – would I be willing to “cut” holes in my studio furniture?
Yes, I would!
I found a wire cup for office supplies; it was a pencil holder (part of a set), was 3 1/2 in diameter with a quarter inch lip flange. Almost all our glassware fit inside of it. I bought a 3 1/2 inch hole cutter and put holes in every flat surface work table in my studio (4 holes). Now I can set my drink in a holder that sits below the table surface, is impossible to tip over and is handy. I put covers on the glasses and cups now too, keeping things from dropping in and keeping me from dipping my watercolor brushes into my iced tea. As long as you are careful putting the glass in and taking it out, no problem. I plan on cutting more holes for more holders, too. After all, the furniture is supposed to serve us, and once it is in my studio, it is not going anywhere else, ever.
Surprisingly, now I also put art tools, brushes, pencils, rulers and such, in them as well, because they are near corners of the tables and out of the way, leaving more table space useful.