An art studio is by no means a life essential but it is wonderful to have the luxury of such a space to create in. If you are thinking of branching out into having a dedicated space for your art and you are looking for inspiration of what to have in your space, then read on for my top ten art studio essentials.
Before I had the luxury of an art studio, I painted wherever I could get away with it – a wallpaper pasting table across the bottom of my bed, the kitchen work top….even the walls! (Sorry, Mum and Dad!) Now I have a studio in my garden it is great being able to keep everything together and keep the mess in one place. PLUS I don’t have to fold up the wallpaper table to be able to get into bed! Ah, the days.
- A CREATIVE WORK SURFACE: A work surface which is the right height for you, sitting or standing – this doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, I just constructed mine out of a 4ft X 2ft MDF board (which was a painting I did that didn’t work out!) placed on top of 4 large plastic storage crates I already had! #thrifty
2. CLEAN WORK SURFACE: Somewhere clean away from your creative work space to deal with finished work – trying out mounts, framing etc
3. LIGHT & POWER SOURCE: I have a large window at one end for natural light and 4 overhead strip lights that can be operated individually + various power points throughout (please consult an electrician if you are setting this up in a shed!)
4. BOOKCASE: If you are anything like me you will need to accommodate the ridiculous number of art books you buy and will never get through
5. SHELVING: Somewhere to store your art materials and work. I have low-level shelving built-in along one side and have plastic tubs from Home Bargains to categorise my materials in. The top of the shelving doubles up as another work surface…..or more realistically a dumping ground for ‘stuff’ I also splurged on a set of rainbow drawers from Hobbycraft to store my paint by colour and I am obsessed with it! and I have several mini plastic drawer sets for categorising more paint and miscellaneous stationery/tools.
6. A LARGE CUTTING MAT: I have mine on top of the clean work surface
7. ART FOLIOS: I have folios in various styles and sizes, plastic pockets are also very useful for storing finished work or work in progress
8. ART MATERIALS: Obviously you will need art materials ranging from paper to paint, and everything in between depending on your specialism.
9. RADIO: My studio time is a wonderful opportunity to get away from everything but it is nice to have the radio for company – seen above on top of storage drawers
10. Protective mask: I use spray paint a lot, which I use outside but a mask is still essential
To find out more about my art studio beginnings, click here!
I am always interested in seeing and hearing about other people’s creative spaces, what are your top ten art studio essentials?