I’ve noticed a few people asking in Facebook groups for advice to organize their art studio. My art studio is the most organized space in my house. Perhaps this is because when I’m stuck in the painting process I start tidying. Here are some tips for how I have organized my art studio workspace.
Tips for organizing your art studio
Here’s an amazon shopping list for products mentioned in this post:
Shelf and Baskets:
I have a tall second-hand shelf to the right of where I work (I’m right-handed). The shelf is filled with baskets that I have picked up at Value Village for $2 – $3 a piece. I cut some card into squares and tied labels onto the baskets.
Along one wall above my work table is a metal grid affixed to the wall. I used an old metal cube set that I was about to donate to a charity shop. You can buy a set on Amazon.
S-hooks and magnets are used to hang things from the grid. Magnets can hold inspirational quotes and works on paper, S-hooks can suspend finished paintings and tools such as paints and brushes.
Tube Paints & Brushes:
If you use oil paints as pigment in encaustic wax medium, use binder clips and S hooks to hang tube paint on the metal grid. I use such a small amount of paint each time that I will only buy small tubes from now on. My brushes hang below the paint, on a zip-tied pegboard multi-hook.
Old tea tins in a wooden tool boxes makes a perfect organized tool caddy. I use these to organize my scraping tools, mark making tools and paint brushes (not used for wax). I can pickup a caddy and easily move all my tools it to wherever I’m working in the studio.
Rolling Metal Cart:
I also picked up one of the ubiquitous 3-tier metal rolling carts that no art studio is complete without. At the moment, it’s home to my coloured chalk paints.
I have a separate area for working with paper. This is a no-wax zone so that I always have a clean cutting surface. I have a large self-healing cutting pad on a table and a paper slicer. I store collage materials in a small 3-drawer unit in this space. Someday I hope to pick up a flat file for paper storage.
I’ve previously shared using binders and binder sheets for organizing collage materials. It works well to store laser photocopies for photo transfers in this same way too.
I don’t yet have a panel storage solution. I have a second shelf where I have small panels and frames but larger panels and packing materials are in a large box in a corner.
How do you organize your art studio?
I’m sure there is always room for improvement. Please add a comment below to share your best tips for organizing your art studio supplies and tools.
- How to print a large image onto multiple pages - June 12, 2021
- Artist Conversation with Andrea Bird - May 23, 2021
- An Easier Encaustic Photo Transfer: The Parchment Paper Method - April 5, 2021
- How to Reclaim Wax-covered Boards - March 9, 2021
- Bee Colony Collaboration | Artist Conversation with Ava Roth - March 2, 2021
- Make Two—At least | Work on Multiple Paintings at a Time - February 23, 2021
- When it’s Hard to Make Art | Finding Momentum - February 8, 2021
- Yes, You Can Paint with Encaustic on Plexiglass - December 13, 2020
- How to Make and Pigment Encaustic Gesso - June 8, 2020
- The power of differences to make your art stronger - February 24, 2020