Many artists start out small. They don’t have a glorious art studio or fancy art supplies. Generally artists start out with primary colors and painting in their bedrooms.
Now, you’re just starting out and you wish you had a huge art studio with large windows, high ceilings, concrete floors and a few bare, brick walls. But you don’t have it yet, instead you must tough it out in a cramped bedroom, alongside your bed, desk (which also doubles as a vanity).
It’s frustrating I know. I’ve had to deal with not having enough space for my art supplies pretty much since forever. Constantly reorganizing all my furniture trying to find the best layout for everything to be of easy access to me, while not looking disorganized or messy.
If you’re having trouble setting up your bedroom/art studio, here are a few tips that might help you.
- Place all art supplies close together
The problem generally is that the supplies are strewn all over the place. Have one place for all your supplies, that way when you want to paint or create you can go to a drawer or nightstand or shelf and take it all out at once.
- Hide less used art supplies
Now if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you don’t have a lot of space. Most artists have more than 2 or 3 sketch or notebooks. My suggestion is: those new sketchbooks you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, hide them and take them out when your old notebooks are trashed.
- Prioritize art supplies
We all have our favorite or most used supplies. Make sure you have easy access to these. Keep your favorite sketchbook and pencils, or paint and paintbrushes at easy reach for when inspiration strikes.
- Space for all canvases
If you use canvases you know how delicate they can be. It’s a good idea to keep all canvases together. But make sure they’re rested properly. Don’t let one corner rest on the canvas of another painting, if you leave them in this position for too long, it can cause a gauge.
- Have proper floor and wall protection
If your art studio is in your bedroom, you’ll want to purchase a large drop cloth. This will help to protect your floors from spilled art or dirty paint water. If you do pouring art, you’ll want to fold the drop cloth several times so that if you do spill any low density paint it won’t easily soak through.
These have been just 5 tips on how to organize your at-home studio that have helped me the most. I hope you found this article interesting and helpful.
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