Studio Organization

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It's been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It’s been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

My friend, Wanda, shared a photo last week of her newly cleaned and organized studio. I was envious of her beautiful environment in which to start the new year. Wanda’s photo gave me the push I needed, and I’ve spent the past three days working on cleaning and organizing my home studio along with the associated storage closets in the hall, garage and guest bedroom.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. It has a marble top that opens to rest on the doors. And it's on wheels too. I think it is a must for every artist's studio.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. The bar has a marble top that opens to rest on the open doors. And it’s on wheels too. I think it’s a must for every artist’s studio.

This morning, I arose to a completely cleared off drafting table. Ah, bliss! I have been happily working for hours. My projects are all in nice clear plastic boxes, all with labels on them. I love clear plastic boxes for storage. Being able to see inside the boxes is important for me, even when they’re labeled.

Although I have many ways and places to store my supplies, today I’m sharing my favorite, the bar my parents gave me when they moved about 15 years ago. It didn’t fit their new home. I immediately put it in my art studio, and although I have moved twice since, it has always had a prime location in my home studio.

What’s your favorite way to organize your studio or your art supplies?

Enjoy, Candy

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3 responses to “Studio Organization

  1. Very beautiful Candy! Excellent work!

  2. I’ve been organizing my art studio since I was 16 years old when I got my first drawing table. It’s the same drawing table in my art therapy studio today. I love your bar. I love my many art supplies, but am bothered by clutter. I also need to have a studio that works for art therapy clients. So, I have galvanized bins from Ikea on black wire shelves. Each bin has the contents written on the outside with grease pen. There are small bins for “acrylics,” “glues and tapes,” “ribbons and string,” and so forth. Larger bins on the bottom shelves have “junk collage,” and “fabric”. I have an old wooden side shelf that I got at a nice yard sale for supplies right next to the drawing table. I got a planter base with wheels for it so it rolls nicely. The other piece I deal with as an art therapist is portfolios for client work. The best solution so far has been two large brackets hung on the wall where I can hang red wallet portfolios. This keeps client artwork safe, confidential and organized.

    • Delaine, I love the idea of your galvanized bins from Ikea. Labeling with a grease pencil makes them so user friendly, especially for your art therapy clients. Super idea! Thanks for sharing.

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