Not alot of space – but still want to be creative! To an artist – this can be a dilemma. If you are like me – I love to hoard supplies and even what some would consider “junk” for that one day project. But after literally creating my floor into a shelf – I decided enough was enough! It was time to make the most out of my space – yet still make it a super creative environment. So here’s how I did it…
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPACE
Making the most of your space – means first we need to ask ourselves a seemingly obvious question – HOW DO WE USE IT? As a teacher – I learned to create dedicated workspaces in my classroom that had specific purposes – such as a reading nook – fraction exploration and book bag station. These all helped the flow of how I taught and learned. So I wanted to apply the same approach to my room – by asking myself “WHAT WORKSTATIONS DO I NEED?”
After pondering a bit – I figured out 4 primary stations
- A Painting Nook (primarily for painting)
- A Storage Nook (for camera gear and art supplies)
- A Brainstorming/Inspiration Nook (for books & future art ideas)
- An finally – an EDITING/Computer Station (since my home office is also my art room)
PLANNING IT OUT
Here’s a rough sketch of my planning process for each station in my very small bedroom. I first ranked each workstation by priority and then planned where it would best be located in the space. After developing a plan of attack – I next started thinking ORGANIZATION for each work station.
ORGANIZING AN ART STUDIO
THE PAINTING NOOK
For me – my painting nook needed brushes, paper, palettes, pencils, and anything else that I might want to get my hands on quick. I then placed all of these supplies on a roller cart under my painting table. This optimized the space – but made everything super accessible.
THE STORAGE CLOSET
For my storage, I had to think out of the box. Since this room had a rather large closet – I placed an inexpensive metal shelf inside and proceeded to pack it full of organized bins, boxes, and baskets. Then, using a label maker (LOVE THIS THING) made sure to label each storage bin and basket with the items it held. This would insure that my organizing system would stay organized for months to come.
THE STORAGE WALL
After filling the closet – I next had to think upward. Well, that is the walls. Wall space is awesome – and often forgotten about when it comes to organization. I first used an old damaged spice rack – that I picked up from a local home decor shop – and proceeded to line up my glass ink bottles and watercolor concentrates (which fit perfectly). I then bought discounted wooden wall shelves – to hang odd and end glass water cups and my extra white porcelain palettes. Next – I took command hooks and hung all my rulers, scissors, and other odd and end supplies that needed to be visible and accessible. And finally – I hung an old wood sign – which I repurposed as a paint tube rack.
THE BRAINSTORM/INSPIRATION NOOK
Lasting – I placed a small book shelf just by the door of my small little room and painted it a crisp white. Then I proceeded to add books that inspired me as well as taught me the basics of my trade. Once I finished, I then proceeded to add my own sketchbooks, watercolor journals, and watercolor studies to the shelves as well. I finally finished the nook – by hanging 2 cork boards above the space (one for spur of the moment ideas) and the other for current projects that I was trying to complete.
AND THAT IS HOW I CREATED MY OWN LITTLE ART STUDIO IN A SMALL BEDROOM.