A guest post by Victoria Rose Martin
Do you have an art studio? If you do, how does it make you feel? When you step inside and look around does it reflect your inner creative spirit or does it vaguely resemble a scene from a horror film? Is the floor of your studio lined with soft comfy carpet or rows smelly shoes? The road to becoming an artist can be a bumpy one; shouldn’t you at least enjoy the view? In my opinion every artist deserves a cozy nest where creativity abounds.
Be inspired! I am here to tell you that you deserve a dedicated workspace that looks as good as the artwork being made. Too often I see homes with a living room that bears a striking resemblance to a day care center with wall-to-wall toys. Why is it that so many of us put ourselves last on the list for fulfillment? And may I add if you’re paying the rent or mortgage on a dwelling, you’ve earned a creative space within its walls. Even if it’s a corner in your living room an artist needs a place where they can easily access or squirrel away supplies.
The good news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to set up a well-organized workspace. The most important part is a worktable. You’ll also need storage for your supplies so you can have them close at hand. Seriously, is there anything worse than tearing the house apart searching for something you need? No matter how big or small here are 5 tips to setting up your studio space.
1. Your workspace should be a direct refection of you so surround yourself with things you love. If something inspires creativity and sets your imagination afire then include it and if not leave it out. Art studios should be welcoming and enhance creativity.
2. Find items you can repurpose for both your studio and even as art projects. A recent favorite source of inspiration for me is Green Craft Magazine.
It’s filled with a bounty of great ideas for discovering new uses for old things. For example old tin cans make great paintbrush holders. Simply give them a shot of spray paint in a color that coordinates with your studio. I upcycyled old fence pickets to create a shelf with a rustic feel on my own worktable.
And if you come up with great ideas of your own then by all means post those images on your blog.
3. If your space doesn’t have a breathtaking view then create one. Hang a beautiful work of art or an inspiration board over your worktable. Display images of people, places or things, which you admire. Be sure to change the images as your tastes change to keep it fresh.
4. If your workspace doesn’t have a door or is part of another room then find a way to define the space. Perhaps you could use a potted tree as a partition or if you reside in a rural area gather branches and twigs and arrange them creatively in an old bucket or pail. Look for old shutters in a junk shop and add hinges to create a rustic room divider. You could also use paint to create an accent wall or use chalkboard paint to carve out an area where you can jot brilliant ideas or motivational messages. I painted the back wall of my studio bright tangerine and I love the warm glow it brings to the room.
5. And finally before you lift a finger to begin feathering your creative space, take a picture. Document your progress with photographs and post those images on your blog. Who doesn’t love a good before and after? To you it may not be a big deal but as I stated last month a lot of us out here are voyeurs. People are interested in watching you grow as an artist.
Inspiration can be found anywhere. An artist doesn’t need a diploma to be productive; they simply need a will to create. And even if your studio is right now the living room sofa remember it’s about being inspired and having fun.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.
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