Where do you start to create a creative space? De-cluttered, uncluttered, rearranged, sorted, organized, whatever you want to call it. I call it inviting. I think this arrangement of the new shelves and tables that I built is going to work. Here is how I created my creative space
Click HERE to see that project.
So why am I showing you my creative space?
Number One: I want to INSPIRE you to create your own creative space. It doesn’t have to be an entire room. It can be a tiny space or even a table top. And your supplies don’t have to be out all the time.
Number 2: I want to CHALLENGE you to organize your space and supplies. You will be amazed at how that makes you feel. It is so freeing to know where your stuff is. When you know what supplies you have and where they are, it can saves you time and money.
Number 3: I want to ENCOURAGE you to take the time and the steps to de-clutter and organize your spaces. It may seem overwhelming, but you can do it!!!
Now back to my studio. This layout may change after I have had time to work in the studio for a bit. It is clean, at least for a for a minute or two. There is nothing I like better than an uncluttered surface. Well, almost nothing. It is so inviting to me. Yes, I said “inviting”, again. It makes me want to create, to start another project or painting or something.
Let’s start with a little tour.
My watercolor brushes are in a travel caddy by the window. The brushes for acrylic are in a cute, 3-part, round container that I purchased in New Mexico. The green truck is a watercolor painting that is in process on a full sheet of watercolor paper. And, it fits on my new table! There are 2 palettes (I have a collection of those), a spray bottle, a water dish and QOR watercolors. I love those. You can see some of my favorite watercolor supplies HERE.
The shelves at the end of the table hold paper and ephemera for making junk journals or smash journals.
I love my wood floor!
The copy paper lid at the end of the table is for Kitty No. She loves that spot and it is just her size. The pink tote contains my silk painting supplies for workshops that I teach. It easily slides under the table and out of sight.
The papers are organized. Check out that process HERE.
These are plastic shelves from Wal-Mart. The original configuration is the unit on the right but all I needed was a hack saw and an extra set of shelves to make the one on the left. I simply cut the upright pieces in half. That allowed space for extra shelves without having precarious stacks. There is still a bit more to do on this section of shelves.
The rolling cart is great for keeping my supplies close at hand. I even added a paper towel roller to it using zip ties. Back in the day, my hubby would have done that with tie wire. When I met my man, he was tying steel for a construction company. So, if something was broken or needed to be attached or needed to be tightened, it was tie wire to the rescue.
Just a peek into the shelves.
The wood floors are great and so easy to keep clean or clean up after a paint or silk dye spill.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour. It is a work in progress. We are a work in progress. I am a work in progress. My heart and my mind get so cluttered and filled with unnecessary thoughts and concerns. Sometimes it is so overwhelming. What can I do? Step back, take a breath, take the thoughts captive. Figure out what thoughts need to go and and get rid of them. I think sometimes that my surroundings are a reflection of what is going on inside me, the good, the bad and the cluttered!
’til next time
Kathy Hall says
I love seeing your de-clutter work. It reminds me of me; no wait, reminds me of the way my mind thinks. My LIFE is so controlled by others and things that I have no control over, I can not seem to put my thoughts into action — although many may not understand this statement, I feel you do. You are a true treasure, my friend!
Awww! How sweet!!! And, yes, I do understand. Somethings are just that way. The key is finding or making peace with those things. My place of peace is the knowledge that He is in control and in the creativity!!!