What area do you use to get your creative juices flowing? If you are among the league of artists that have their own art studio, good for you. You lucky duck.
For the rest of us, we make do with what we have. Dining room tables, countertops, bedsides, desks, dressers, ironing tables (I don’t know about this one, just throwing it out there.) You name it. These and many other makeshift uses have been done.
Now here is the tricky part. With limited space, what can be used to organize and store art supplies to keep them in tip-top condition to continue creating? I believe that’s where innovation and creativity at its finest come in.
Do you have a corner? Claim it! A kitchen table? Use it! A TV dinner table? You get the picture. Anything can be used.
This here is my little art nook which is a corner of my living room. It only shows my main art supplies that I use the most. I recycle items for storage such as:
- Wylers Tea/Koolaid Tubes for storing gouache paint tubes and paint brushes
- Cardboard box for storing larger acrylic paint tubes
- Plastic Water bucket for storing acrylic, sable, and taklon paint brushes
- Reusable eco bags from the store to hold paper, pencils, and fixative spray
- Plastic laundry detergent bucket for ceramic and sculpture supplies
- Mason jars for storing paint thinner
These are the main objects that I use for the organization or at least try to. It does not exactly look like something out of a magazine or some of the artists’ studios that you see on YouTube, but it is a sure fire way to recycle products and bring life back to old plastic and cardboard ware that would easily end up in the trash.
Whatever your art-making situation is, there are ways to keep your art supplies in one place and out of the hands of furry creatures and munchkins if you have them. (My cat Night has stolen my paint brushes and has tried chewing on my paint tubes on more than one occasion.)
Artists and crafters, what uses can you think of to store your supplies? I really love the idea of us bouncing ideas off of each other and would love to hear what you have to say.