Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
I get asked ALL the time about how I deal with art supply storage in my home studio. Typically, my studio and I are a hot mess! Lately though, I've been working hard on a huge reorganization of my space, so felt like it was the perfect time to show you my latest setup.
I love hoarding art supplies as much as the next girl, BUT what I care about MOST is making sure we all know how to USE the art supplies we already have!
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I loved creating my Hamburger System series on YouTube so much, I turned it into a book, and it became a huge part of my art club called The Mixed Media Society over at Awesome Art School.
Ok! Back to today's home art studio re-org!! Here's my studio...
When we moved into this house in 2013, my husband Sean told me to just go ahead and take the guest room as my studio space because in our previous house, I had completely taken over our dining room and living room with ALL my art stuff! LOL. He gently suggested I needed a door I could close because I'm basically a hot mess express?
I LOVE my giant art table. My in-laws actually made this for me years ago when I used to teach in-person classes to kids and adults. It's about 7 feet long. Since moving Awesome Art School online, the entire space on this table is all for me! It holds my camera setup for recording lessons and YouTube videos, while still giving me tons of room to work.
Today I'm laying down a new rug in the studio (above), which I shopped for, for all of ONE minute! LOL!! It was called "Watercolor" (which made me love it even more), and the colors were a perfect match with my new acoustic panels on the wall behind my desk.
Isn't it gorgeous?!
As you can see, my go-to art supply storage is simply clear, plastic bins! How easy is that?! It's also super affordable. I totally prefer bins over the original packaging for my supplies because I like to combine similar supplies into one bin, and they're easy to stack.
This system feels both flexible and accessible to me.
I store my finished drawings in little black portfolio books on this shelf so they're easy to pull out while I'm teaching. Art books, altered books, finished art journals, art journals in progress, and my favorite alcohol marker paper also "live" on this bookshelf.
Check out this antique sewing box I found thrifting one day! I use it to store all my Daniel Smith watercolors.
I store all my fountain pen inks in vintage perfume bottles on a beautiful shelf in my studio too. Check out this video if you wanna learn more about fountain pen ink painting and my storage system. Aren't these bottles exquisite?!
Another thing I'm finishing up today in my studio is alcohol marker organization! I've got a zillion of these flying around my studio in all brands, and finally decided to give a wooden marker shelf I found on Amazon a whirl.
Make sure you watch the video to see what I think, and how it all looks when I'm done!! Thanks for hanging out with me today :)
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Does your art room or corner sometimes lay untouched because it's just a pile of a big fat messy disaster???
I know the feeling!! I work in so many mediums, teach so many different lessons, and am working on so many different projects and books that it is WAY too easy for my studio to become a hot, insurmountable MESS.
Luckily, the COVID-19 lockdown has me completely organizing my art supplies and I am taking you into my art studio today to show you exactly how I keep all of my materials sorted and stored.
Inks, Watercolors, Acrylics, Oils, Stamps, Stencils, Markers, Pencils and on and on and on we go!
It's all in here in today's video, together with my best advice and tips on some great ways to sort YOUR stash!
All you have to do is click play!
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Karen, you are absolutely fabulous! You make me feel like I can draw anything. I have recently retired and finally have the time to do some of the art that I have loved since I was in school. I am really at the beginning of my art journey and I hope to learn as much as I can. Thank you for all you do.