"Why not seize the pleasure at once?
How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation."
~ Jane Austen
ornaments in a shop in amsterdam, summer 2009
My breakfast table multi-tasks as my art studio, so I've got to work smart. The biggest hurdle in organizing my art supplies 2 years ago was deciding what materials to store together! But it's paid off; I can find the #8 flat brush I need, the replacement cobalt blue half pan or the J. Herbin ink...
I had to think through HOW I art journal, for example, to put together the baskets I'd need. I tend to do pages in 3 phases, so I set up the baskets that way. Backgrounds (gesso, fluid acrylics, stamps, texturizers, brushes, molding paste), collage (images, adhesive, scissors), journaling (neocolors, pitt pens, paint markers, alpha stamps). Other baskets were straightforward (watercolors w/palettes, etc).
- Quick set-up and tear-down so getting stuff out isn't an energy drain, or something to dread.
- Know what goes where. I keep stuff in baskets themed by activity. Baskets are labeled with contents.
- Take out as few baskets as possible to do art.
- Art supplies look pretty when in storage (on shelves just off the kitchen). Everything is in wooded baskets. I love clear lidded plastic boxes, and the kid's art supplies are stored that way in the pantry, but I wanted to have a more uniform look since it was out in the open.
How do you keep your art supplies organized if you don't have a dedicated art space?
Find more tips in the step-by-step art journaling series.
You might like Catalyst One Hundred and Five at Creative Therapy... "Tell a random childhood memory."