Art must be an expression of Love or it is nothing.”marc chagall
An artists studio is their special place. It’s usually full of lots of wonderful light, a cozy chair, and oodles and oodles of inspiration. This is my space…
A few weeks ago I did a post on Instagram showing my studio as part of #mytreasuredspace. I had a really great response so I decided to share in more detail.
First off, I’m super lucky to have a studio space in my home. It’s kind of like a ‘mother-in laws quarters’ in our home, so it has a double door entry, a little kitchenette with sink (perfect for an artist), microwave and mini fridge, and I have a 3/4 bath all to myself. The shower, unfortunately is currently being used for storage, which I plan to rectify shortly. lol.
Over the last 3 years It’s been a lot of moving things around, adjusting, and DIY-ing to get it to where it is now – my HAPPY PLACE. I spend most of my day here and I love it. Like, really love it. The only thing that could make it better would be a set of french doors that opened out to a secret garden. One can dream 🙂
So, I’m going to take you on a tour of my studio and list all my favorite tools, materials, and inspirations.
My painting space has definitely been underused the last few months. There are 3 full sized paintings stacked under the one you see there on my easel (which I’ve had for 20 years, my first big purchase out of college). I use Glassine over each pastel to protect it from smudging. So it allows me to pin one on top of the other on my painting panel, or in the drawer.
I’ve just found my next model and she is lovely. Can’t wait to paint her in a wonderfully whimsical style 🙂
What am I using?
·BEST Santa Fe Easel
·Spectrum Colorfix soft pastel paper
·Sennelier Soft Pastel Sets
·Rembrandt Soft Pastels
·Martha Stewart Flat File in Black
·Alvin Self Healing Board Cover
·5 Rolling Storage Carts in Mint
I created a full wall of table top over the black flat file with plywood and 4×4’s. I’ve covered half in Peel and Stick Wallpaper, and the other half in Self Sealing board cover (which is fantastic for using your Xacto without worry.
If you didn’t already know, I have an affinity for pigs. So there, next to my Magenta chair is Arnold the Pig. He’s a big ceramic piggy bank that’s been with me for about 20 years now. He’s wonderful and lifelike, even though his nose and ear have been nibbled by my (late) chinchillas 🙂
The White and Blue Cabinet is a DIY of my Grandparents old Vintage Stereo. I sanded, painted and covered the speaker panels in a lovely floral & bird pattern which I lightly hand painted for a little more color.
Treadmill on the left is now elsewhere to make room for my Pinboard project. Which you can see below.
This pinboard was loosely inspired by one that my Mentor has behind her during weekly FBlives. She has patterns and inspirations pinned up and I decided I needed to make one for myself. I think it turned out pretty good and looks way better then the treadmill that was here.
Just beside my pinboard are my drawing tables which I use for drawing, painting on a smaller scale, and private art classes.
· 2 Husky Adjustable Height 6 foot tables.
· Gold Pattern is created with a Royal Design Studio Stencil and Stencil Paint.
· I took that same gold paint to create a 1 inch gold boarder around my windows.
My desk is rarely this clutter free, lol. There’s usually a notebook, my iPad, tissue box a snowball mic. But I made it pretty for the pic 🙂
What you see…
· Wacom Cintiq
· Extra monitor so I can have files and email up at the same time.
· Mac Mini
· Extra long dining table
· Table covered in Carrera Marble Peel and Stick Wallpaper
· Cricut Explore Air 2 in mint.
My Favorite Programs on my computer…
· Adobe Photoshop
· Adobe Illustrator
· Adobe InDesign
And last but not least…My printers
· HP DesignJet T100
· Epson stylus Photo 1400 (an oldie but a goodie.
Both printers are able to prints up to 13 x 19 at a comparable quality. Love my Epson and I’ve had it for years. We just purchased the HP a few months ago so I could also create larger scale templates (for mural work) Because The HP also prints on paper rolls up to 24 inches wide.