When I first started painting, I didn’t consider myself an artist and felt I didn’t deserve a studio space or even a corner of a room. What a mistake! Everytime I wanted to paint, I had to spend part of my limited time setting up an easel, paints, and a still life. Then I had to allow time to take it all down. Sometimes, ok, most of the time, I just didn’t bother to get out my supplies at all. And painting, sketching, or drawing skills only get better with practice ~ ideally daily practice.
Eventually I started to find small spaces in my home to designate as my art area. It really doesn’t matter the size, what is really important is that you have your supplies ready to go whenever you have a period of time to paint.
Now I am lucky to have an entire room in my home that serves as my art studio. I can paint whenever my heart desires ~ and I don’t have to clean up the mess if I don’t want to. I love my studio and so many of the things in it. Here is my current list of the supplies and items I consider my Art Studio essentials…
My Top 10 Art Studio Essentials
A taboret is basically a very functional chest on wheels that can store paints, brushes etc. The flat surface on top is the perfect area for your palette.
2. Paints & Brushes
As a painter, this one is probably self-explanatory 😉
I love to having two large easels that I can use simultaneously.
4. Sitting Spot
Having a chair or sofa to plop down on is a lifesaver when my back is “talking to me” and needs a rest. A comfortable chair also gives me a fresh vantage point to review my work as I paint ~ and it’s nice to look at your art books while seated in a comfy spot.
I often work from photographs and computer images on my laptop, so it’s a must to keep it close by.
I love to have music at hand while I paint. I was gifted with a Sonos and I am head over heels with it. Sometimes I just listen to instrumental scores and sometimes I like to boogey a bit.
Ahhhhhh storage, the bane of my existence ~ I never seem to have enough! That being said, I do have a clothes closet that I have converted to a storage closet using shelving from The Container Store. This accommodates my small canvases and a few extra containers for water, linseed oil, and other mediums.
Do you think I eat enough yogurt??
8. Art Books
I love to keep my art books nearby. Sometimes if I’m struggling with a painting, I review the masters for inspiration and techniques ~ other times I hope that I can somehow absorb their talent by osmosis!
9. Inspiration Board
I usually fill my inspiration board (a cork board) with images ripped from magazines. Currently I am contemplating a series called Flower Girls and I’m searching for faces…
10. Natural Light
Perhaps this should have been at the top of my list. I adore natural light and am so lucky to have a wonderful view as well. Natural light is pure and truly gives you the best “read” on your values and colors. Tip: if you need light at night, a construction lamp is a workable solution.
I hope you’ve found this list of my Top 10 Art Studio Essentials helpful and insightful. Feel free to pin this image so you can easily reference this post as you set up your own Art Studio!
If you have any questions about my studio set-up, feel free to ask in the comments section and I will be happy to answer.
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