Set Up Your Own Studio, ANYWHERE!
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Set Up Your Own Studio, ANYWHERE!

 
Welcome!
 
Today, you will take a quick tour of a small home studio that I set up this year. I will show you just how easy it is to make even the smallest and darkest spaces work for you. When I arrived in Washington this past spring, I knew I would be here for at least a year. I needed to convert a small upper level room without any windows into my temporary studio. I invite you to take a look around and see what I have done to make this space work well. I will demonstrate that is possible to quickly and inexpensively set up a studio anywhere. Feel free to use some of the ideas I have given you and adapt the space you chose to your own needs.
 
In my next blog, I will give you a list of the basic supplies you will need to assemble so you can begin to paint with acrylics. You can begin to collect these items,watch for bargains and sales and find other people with a similar interest so you can share/split a supply order. I will also let you in on a few insider tips to allow you to save money when you are just getting started.
 
I started on a shoestring a number of years ago...I had no idea that I would develop such a passion for painting! Now I want to share what I have learned. If painting is your passion or you want to give it a try, be sure to follow my Blog Series.
 
It won't be long till you are ready to pick up a brush and start painting!
 
My easel is not expensive...nor is the display area for my current work
My easel is not expensive...nor is the display area for my current work
You do not need to spend a lot of money to get started. Check out your local art supply shops and colleges for used or new easels. There are many craft and online art supply stores that offer discounted items for sale. I needed some large bulletin boards for ease of displaying the paintings I am currently working on. This helps me stay in the same style for the series...and keeps my color palette in "like" tones. I grabbed a few TV trays for quick set up and take down to hold my box of paint, my brushes and also any other materials that I need for the painting. A comfy chair is great to sit on. I tend to sit most of the time..standing only to gain perspective or create the background wash. I assembled this chair myself..found it on clearance. I also purchased a fan to help dry the paint and keep me cool..and a floor lamp with a snake type neck. I use a natural bright spectrum lightbulb. I need that to get true color in this dark room with no windows. GE makes "Reveal", a full spectrum light. The code is A19 and the light output is 1260 lumens. I find that for my needs..it works just fine.
This office desk area is essential for me.
I have my laptop computer, a digital camera, bright lamp and a gooseneck lamp. A bulletin board for notes and things...a file box to keep future ideas in, and also photos for reference when painting. I have a big trunk to store frames and such and a big old antique basket to keep some recently painted canvases in for quick reference.
This office desk area is essential for me.
I love visiting garage sales and thrift stores to pick up small baskets to keep pens, pencils and brushes in..
I love visiting garage sales and thrift stores to pick up small baskets to keep pens, pencils and brushes in..
No sense in using good baskets...they will get that "used" look very quickly! I also collect hats...these are perfect for painting or taking photos outdoors. The bigger the brim the better the hat. Keeps the sun out your eyes and the sun off your face. Reducing glare and saving you from getting a few more wrinkles..LOL!
A storage system for paints, brushes, magazines, books and other accessories.
I found this in the attic...and it was already paintd red. I love working in spaces with lots of red color. It keeps my mind active.
A storage system for paints, brushes, magazines, books and other accessories.
Closet space is really a necessity.
Closet space is really a necessity.
Use it to store completed paintings, blank canvas, gesso, business marketing materials and miscellaneous items. Keeping painted canvases free of dust is a good idea, too!
Make sure you have a sturdy surface to keep your paint brushes on when you are working. Nothing wobbly or too small.
Make sure you have a sturdy surface to keep your paint brushes on when you are working. Nothing wobbly or too small.
Of course...my most precious item..Liberty Belle, AKA, "Libby" who makes sure I stay on schedule and keep the place neat and clean:)
Of course...my most precious item..Liberty Belle, AKA, "Libby" who makes sure I stay on schedule and keep the place neat and clean:)
 
 
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