Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
One of the things that people consistently say gets in the way of making art is not having an art space. I’d like to share some ideas for creating a fun, funky, and functional art space you can really use in your home.Even if it's just a corner, a drawer, or a caddy, you NEED a space for your art. #artist #creative Click To Tweet
Inspiring Art Studio Spaces
Before we talk about practical ideas, let’s dream a little, shall we? Let’s look dewy-eyed at some amazing art studios, because I think dreaming about your ideal studio might inspire you to incorporate some of the elements in your art space.
- Scroll through the huge cache of beautiful studio spaces on Houzz. (Wear a bib, you’ll need it. You’ll be drooling over these studios.) They have a great post on 11 Tips to Get the Creative Space You Crave.
- Kelly Rae Roberts, a mixed media artist, shares her colorful, eclectic studio here.
- My lovely friend, Sara Roizen’s light-filled finished attic studio is airy and full of promise.
- Brit + Co offers some amazing ideas for a beautiful art spaces from various artists.
- Hannah, illustrator and owner of the Rasin Heart blog, has a lovely, playful art desk.
Create an Art Studio in YOUR Home
We aren’t all able to create gorgeous studios like the ones in the list above, but I believe that if you truly want to make art and creativity a part of your life and your self-care practice, you can find a space for it. It’s about making your art a priority. Here’s some of the best ideas I’ve found for carving out an art space at home.Stop waiting for the ideal art studio. Find a spot, claim it as yours, and make art. #spaceforart Click To Tweet
1. Divide a room into living space and art studio space. Use shelving, a table, or a screen to delineate (or hide!) the art area in a family room or living room.
2. Take over a corner. Place a desk and some shelving with baskets to hold art materials in the corner of any room. Voila! Instant art space.
3. Convert a closet. Squeeze some clothing into another closet, or create a clothing rack in the attic. Use a small desk, chair, and perhaps mini shelving to create your mini art studio.You will find space for art making in your home when you acknowledge that making art is a key ingredient to your happiness. #artheals Click To Tweet
4. Install a fold-down table with some storage, like this one* somewhere in your home.
5. This table from Ikea folds up very small and also features storage, making it a good option for an art space in a common room, such as an eat-in kitchen or dining room. You might combine that with this inventive solution for storing paint: 28 Ideas for Craft Paint Storage
6. Take over the garage, attic, or basement. Be sure to consider heating, cooling and humidity issues.
7. Make a rolling art cart. This post from ArtBar has some inspiring ideas for using shelving and rolling carts to create an art space at home. You might also like this post from Tinkerlab on how to create space for art making in your home. She is focused on kids, but the same ideas can apply for adults.
8. Repurpose an old piece of furniture as an art table, desk, or storage. You might like the Junquemail Contessa’s repurposing of a changing table for art supplies.
9. This mobile art caddy from Dick Blick would be another way to keep art supplies at the ready, yet out of the way in a common room such as a dining room or eat-in kitchen.
10. Convert an antique into an art supply station. Check out Kelli McKinley Hansen’s inventive use of a mail sorting cubby. See how I’ve repurposed two pieces of furniture in this post.
Check Out My Studio in This Video:
You can check out a video tour of my studio here.Even the smallest home has space for art. Click To Tweet
Portable Art Kits and Stations
11. Carry an art pouch. Whether carving out a dedicated art space in your home feels impossible, or you like being able to make art anywhere, a portable art kit is an essential tool. I’ve been a fan of using little and big pouches as portable art kits for some time, this post gives some ideas for decorating your own. I find the more special it feels, the more I want to pick it up and use it!
12. Make an art tool bucket. This tool bucket makes for a great portable art station with all its pockets.
What Art Supplies Might Inspire You to Create at Home?
Now that you’ve got an art space set up, what do you put in it? Whether you are just starting to make art or you’re a seasoned artist, trying out some new materials can bring a wonderful infusion of creativity. Here’s a few of the supplies I most enjoy playing with in my studio lately:
Liquid Acrylics – The colors move and flow so easily – you can drip, blow them with a straw, marbleize, create opaque wash layers, or paint and smudge with fingers. It’s just so different and playful. I also find that my liquid acrylic pages don’t stick the way regular acrylic paint ones do. Liquid acrylics are also one of my favorite ways to create because they are so playful – it’s a great way for me to let go of anxiety.
Check out my class on using high flows on tiny pieces of paper to create your own mini masterpieces: Fluid Art.
India Ink and Gesso – Since I’m clearly into a period of “playful” painting techniques with things that flow – ink and gesso are great choices because they resist but also combine and are also reasonably priced. If you’d like to learn more about how to paint this way, check out my course, Freeing the Muse.
What are you doing to create space for art in your life and in your home? What creative ideas have I missed? Will you share them with the community?
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