Make a sofa studio
Hello there! I love to share my secrets about how I find time to be more creative. Today I will tell you how I prefer to arrange my art materials at home, just for the one purpose of making art every day.
This is not my biggest secret anymore because my post some time ago revealed some parts of how I found more time for art and I talked about placing a tray beside the sofa with my art supplies. This was my solution for being more creative. Read more about Finding more time to be creative.
Have you dreamt of having a workspace to make your art?
Is it possible that you come up with a new fantastic idea if you are home on your sofa? For me, it is. I see that lots of my ideas spring out from my sketchbook. When I do something, even if it is little, I can get new ideas.
Here is what I did
Earlier I found it difficult to find time to make art. For example, when I was doing a painting on the kitchen table and at dinner time I would have to put it all away and that would break the magic creative spell. So, to get a positive workflow I made a sofa studio.
When hiking we bring the essential things in a small bag. This is the same I did to make a sofa studio. I just resized my art studio and placed it on a tray, within arms length, I had everything that needed to make art. And I keep my sketchbook in a box that looks like a piece of furniture. Use what already is available around in the house like a tray and a box and a basket and a jar.
These are perfect for quick tidying when guests show up or your family suddenly occupy the living room. You can, for example, bring the tray to the garden.
The basic rule is to have art tools where you see them at all times. This way you can get motivated to work and best of all you don’t have to stop.
This is your mini studio
If you are a beginner and everything is new here is a list for you. You can expand this studio in any direction. I change it from time to time depending on what I want to explore.
- A tray
- A box or a basket beside the sofa
- Toolbox Shaxon Shaxon SHX-TB13 Thirteen Inch Tool Box
- A jar of water, when you finish painting refresh the water and get clear water ready for the next session.
- fountain pen
- favorite supplies
- Ink Pen
Finding new ways to do art has been a great help for me to continuing to like, enjoy and produce art. If you have ways to squeeze creativity into your busy life, I would absolutely love to hear how you do it.
When drawing flowers use water tubes to keep the flower from hydrating, I found the water tubes in my local flower shop but you can get it on Amazon Water Pick 4.75″ 10/Pkg-Green
I love my Lamy LX Rose Gold Fountain Pen Fine Point, and the W&U Squirrel brushes, it is one of my top three favorite brushes Winsor & Newton Series 250 Squirrel Pointed Wash Brushes 4
What we do in the sketchbook/ notebook is free and private. It is a safe place to practice. So it doesn’t matter if it looks good or bad. When I want to write out ideas I use a notebook. I have a terrible handwriting and it isn’t interesting or decorative in any way. (You can also skip the notebook and just scribble in the sketchbook. It is very nice to look back on the sketches and writing you made and see what you were thinking at the time.
- Everything is placed where I can’t avoid to see it. I am constantly reminded of what I really want to be doing.
I absolutely love a drawing paper I just discovered from Arches. (and it is my new favorite paper to work with.) The traditional paper from Arches Drawing Pads is 100% cotton and acid-free. It is great for pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen, ink and more. Arches Drawing Paper Pad 123 lb. 9×12" – Cream
Leave a comment if you would like to discover more about papers for artists.
I will experiment some more and show you the results in a future blog and post some work I have already drawn for my current exhibition.
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