5 Tips on how to organize an at-home studio

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Top 5 Writing Resources

To write is to create magic. But sometimes creating magic… well… it’s not very easy, sometimes we need help or inspiration to write.

Here are my top favorite writing resources.

1. Fantasy Name Generators

This site is amazing! I cannot tell you how much I love it. They are just tons of different name generators. They range from fantasy to sci-fi to non fiction and even have guides and descriptions!

2. Roll for Fantasy

Roll for fantasy is an extension of Fantasy name generators. This site has more guides, tools like family tree and armor creators, puzzles and music.

3. Thesaurus and Dictionary

I think this is obvious. I don’t like just sticking to simple words, like said, saw or walked. When I sculpt a book I like my words to have deeper meaning than those used in everyday life. But you mustn’t think that just because I like “big words” that I know all their meanings, this is where Dictionary comes in, to make sure I am conveying the correct idea in my books.

4. Pinterest

If you don’t yet know what Pinterest is, I suggest you read carefully and then immediately make your way to the website and create an account.
Pinterest is simply in one word… amazing. It’s basically a visual search engine. You plug-in a keyword, hit search and you instantly get thousands of pictures that include the keyword you just searched. It’s great for writers and artists. It gives inspiration and motivation.

5. Bryn Donovan

So this is an author blog, by… you guessed it… Bryn Donovan. Let me start off by saying she is truly amazing. She has a real talent for pushing and motivating you to keep writing. My favorite posts are: Master List of Color Names and Color Descriptions and  MASTER LIST of Physical Descriptions! These two blog posts have been pf great help to me in my own writing. They get me thinking about the more subtle details of my characters and scenes. It helps me to portray my novels to a fuller extent.

Now, GO CHECK THEM OUT!

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

Let me know what you think!

Announcement: Art VS Writing

I have been at a crossroads lately as far as what I am going to pursue as a career. I’ve narrowed it down to two topics, art and writing.

It was very difficult to come to a decision, but I knew I had to because I can only concentrate 100% on one topic. I can’t give my all to both.

I’ve decided to go with art

WHY?

  • Because I already have a pretty stable “fan base” per se.
    I have over 100 followers on my Instagram & I know I can get more if I really give it my all.
  • I have sold several paintings
  • I have several costumers wanting commission pieces.
  • 99% of the people who see my art tell me I have “real talent”

Now, I know it won’t be easy. It has proven to not be easy so far. But just like anything, if you really want something it won’t come easy, you’ve got to work for it. And so far, this way of thinking has resulted very well for me.
Now, art and writing are both big loves of mine. So I can’t just do away with my writing 100% just because I chose art over it.

I will still be working on my writing, just that not as vigorously as my art. I’ve been working on a novel called “Galiana Chronicles”. I’ll continue to write this novel and “Loxely Chronicles” and some other ideas I have stored away. But as I said, my main focus will be my art.

I’ll be using Wattpad for my book/novel publishing.

You can find me on Wattpad @APMcKinney

An introduction: The life of an Aspiring Artist Pt. 1

Hi, my name is Alexia. I am an aspiring artist.

I just graduated high school and people often ask me what my career is going to be. They look at me funny when I tell them I am going to be an artist. And I mean, I get it. I don’t blame them, I too have often had doubts about choosing to go down this path. But you know what. I am going to need to work the rest of my life anyhow… might as well do something I love doing!

I know it won’t be easy. But I prefer becoming an artist, doing something I truly love for the rest of my life and have a small income than waste my life at a horrible 9 – 5 desk job. But, that’s just how I feel about it anyhow. I know some people who love desk jobs, but I am not that kind of person. I need to be excited with the work at hand, I need to have the ability to do something different everyday, or else I will get extremely bored!

I do know however that I will need a job so I can pay all my bills on time, and the cash to buy my art supplies with. But I’ll have my art as a side job for a while and slowly merge over completely to it once I have a regular, steady income.

I cannot lie, it is hard. Knowing that there are so many people out there who doubt you. Even family and friends, sometimes look down on you just because you’re chasing your dreams. They look at you as a dreamer, nothing more. Just some kid with their head in the clouds. They think it will never come true for you. And it’s saddening because when you need the most support from your loved ones, you get exactly the opposite.

Everyone has dreams when they’re little. But children are expected to outgrow their dreams just to take their place in the “real world”. And to a certain degree that is true, and lately I have realized it even more so. You have to come to realize that you will need a job, you will need to pay bills (even if you don’t want to), you will experience heartbreak, you will see loved ones become elderly and sick, you will experience sadness. I have experienced these all first hand, and it ain’t pretty. That is the sad fact of life. But that does not mean you have to give up all your dreams. Because in this sad thing we call life we must still have ways to find joy and happiness, even if others mock or ridicule you for it. I feel pity for those kinds of people, because they settled. They found out how sad, depressing, difficult and miserable life can be and they allowed all their dreams and hopes to just be thrown out the window. They did not strive for their dreams to become reality. At least I am trying.

I have heard many comments that lead me to believe that people do not believe I will make it. I’ll never sell, I’ll never become rich or famous. And that is probably true. I’ll probably never become super famous or exceedingly rich. But, I can proudly say that I have only been at this for a few months and I have already sold 3 paintings and I have 2 commissions coming my way. I’m doing it! I am an artist!

So to all those people who call me a dreamer. Yes I am a dreamer! I am not going to let this world get me down so easily. I am going to chase after my dreams as best I can. And if it doesn’t work out… well it did’t work out. But at least I tried.