Studio Tour: Get Organized to Get Inspired

Art Studio Tour, art studio ideas, small art studios

 

Hello Wonderful, Creative You:

I’m so excited to share my studio tour with you today! Creating a space for your art making is one of the single most important creative self-care habits I teach students at Mindful Art Studio. Even if you think you have no space at all, you can still CREATE some space. You can learn more about creating a small art studio at home in this post.

A studio space should also be ORGANIZED and INSPIRING. As part of my own creative self-care, I recently cleared out some supplies I wasn’t using, moved things around, and bought paint shelves. I can’t wait to show it to you in this studio tour video.  AAAAAND… if you look sharp, you might see a few sneak peeks of the new class I’m planning. I can’t share anything yet, but stay tuned. If you’d like to see the classes I’m currently offering, click here.

 

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Studio Tour – How to create an organized, inspiring art studio:

  • Display your own art; it will encourage you to keep going.
  • Showcase natural materials for inspiration. I keep shells, dried seeds, and stones on my table.
  • Keep an open, inviting table space so that you can get right to work.
  • Leave art out that is in process to tempt you to add to it.
  • PURGE! When drawers, containers or shelves are over-full, it’s time to purge! If you haven’t used it, you probably won’t. Clear your drawer to make space for inspiration.
  • Use jars to organize groups of supplies like pens, brushes, oil pastels, and markers.
  • Keep small, pretty boxes full of collage bits for journals.
  • Hang shelves for supplies near your work area to keep frequently used supplies, like paint, gesso, and gel medium, at arm’s reach.
  • Make an inspiration cork board with pretty postcards and inspiring pictures.
  • Keep art books nearby on a bookshelf to see inspiring ideas and pictures.
  • Maintain multiple journals at once to keep from feeling tight or stale. You can give them different purposes, like sketching, collage, painting, and brainstorming ideas, or just mix it up in them all at once.

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What are the must have’s in your art studio? Any great tips I’ve missed? And what’s on your art supply wish list? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Creatively Yours,

 

Amy

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Jennie

    What a great space! Thank you for sharing. Love your paint shelves. You have inspired me so I am off to rearrange my space, love the idea of an easy chair in the corner to be inspired in. Have a great day!

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Jennie:

      oh I’m tickled that you connected with some the ideas here! I hope you post your progress in our FB group or on Instagram using #mindfulartstudio so I can see!

      Happy rearranging!
      Amy

      Reply
  2. Lauren Ambrose

    Wow, Amy, beautiful studio space! I love the bureau, chest, and antique piece that serve as storage. I hope the new year offers you much inspiration. Thanks for the tour.

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Lauren!

      Thanks so much!This is one of the biggest studio spaces I’ve had, but no matter what, if things get cluttered, the space doesn’t feel as good. I definitely want to take it much further, and that’s part of the fun. Having had many “bedroom studios” where I had to set up and break down most of the stuff, it’s really nice.

      I hope YOU find much creative light in 2017 and thanks for watching!

      Amy

      Reply
  3. Anja Meurer

    Wow, that’s a beautiful studio! You are surrounded by so much beauty! I love your stamps and the natural materials. The shelves look neat, too.
    After reading some of your postings i felt inspired to create my own tiny art space. It’s small but i love it. And it works! Each morning – art before breakfast – i sit there and create something 🙂

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    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Anja:

      Oh that sounds so great! I would love to see your little space! You are on Instagram, right? Will you tag @amymaricle and #mindfulartstudio so I can see?

      Cheers,
      Amy

      Reply
  4. Briana

    I love it, Amy! This was a delightful studio tour! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Briana

    Reply
  5. Emily

    Thanks for the tour! I’ve been wanting to reorganize my studio for the new year, and this gave me some ideas for moving things around so I can create more freely.

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Oh, Emily, I love the sound of that! Thank you so much for watching and taking the time to comment.

      Creatively Yours,

      Amy

      Reply
  6. Gina Murrow

    Thanks for sharing your studio tour; it was full of helpful ideas.

    In looking for storage solutions in my own studio, I’ve learned to boil the question down to it’s simplest form. For instance, I needed a better working palette for my painting dyes. I went through a number of palettes from art stores, but they weren’t working quite right. I finally boiled it down to—”I need an easy to clean plate with lots of shallow holes, and a larger mixing space, but I also need containers to hold larger amounts of dye”. The solution? A deviled egg plate from the thrift store and tea light glass cups from IKEA.

    Sometimes the best solution is the cheapest one!

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    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      HI Gina!

      This is a great formula to offer others! Very logical. I’m into logical. Thanks so much for sharing it here!

      XO Amy

      Reply
  7. Claire Nolan

    Thanks I am really happy to have come across this blog. I keep putting it off but you have really inspired me. Claire

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Claire: Are you thinking about putting together your own studio space? Or reorganizing the one you have? I would love to hear about it!

      XO Amy

      Reply
  8. Rayleen

    Hello Amy
    I am setting up my art space/guest bedroom and I am trying to decide between a glass drafting table and a flat type art desk.
    I do some oil painting (I have easels), draw, make cards, etc, but don’t have a flat table (sewing?)
    Question, which would be the better choice- glass drafting table or a flat type art desk. I would like you opinion.
    Thank you
    Rayleen

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      HI Rayleen!

      how fun that you are setting up your studio space. Congrats! Of course I can’t know your personality and what would work for you – but I can tell you what I prefer. I have an easel for painting and a flat table for my other work. A drafting table of course goes flat but I don’t know if it would support your sewing machine. The other thing to consider is chair height and whether you’d be more comfortable at the taller seat at a drafting table. I don’t have one so it’s hard for me to advise on that, but I love having sturdy, flat tables! Good luck!

      XO Amy

      Reply
  9. Karen Smith Hall

    Great ideas Amy! Thanks for sharing them with us all! I am inspired to clean out my studio and paint! It is too easy to put it off when it is cluttered!

    Reply
    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Oh I so agree, Karen! Clutter is totally anti-motivating for me. Happy creating! XO Amy

      Reply

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