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Day 2: Art Making Environment

 

VIDEO: Talking about Art space

It's important to have a space for art making. Having a space increases the likelihood that you will make art.  Creating an art making space sends the message to yourself, to the universe, and to people in your life that art making is going to be a part of your life.  Take the time to set it up to be an inspiring place for you.  Find and organize some supplies you'd like to use, and hang up some inspiring pictures, or natural objects, or anything like that.  Find a nice lamp to work with. 

I realize that finding some art space might not be easy for everyone.  I actually have a very small house that is at capacity with furniture-none of which we can get rid of.  Also I have a separate glorious art studio in an old barn.  I am very lucky to have this space!

For this series I am going to create a small art making space in my house.  Though I do have a studio, there are times I want to just do a very quick art journaling session at home.  It's nice to have a set-up waiting for when inspiration might strike, or a few minutes of free time appear.

In my studio I have a work-height industrial desk that i use for art journaling.  I bought it at a junk auction and spray painted it black.  I like it because I can stand while art journaling.  Here's a picture:

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I can think of 3 levels of established art making spaces:

1. A whole room: If you have a spare room available in your house to use as a studio, go for it.  It could be an amazing wonderland/sanctuary for your creative self.  If that feels uncomfortable to you, remember that you don't have to keep it forever if you don't want to.  Just give it a try and see how it feels.  If a couple months go by and you don't find yourself using the space like you imagined, you can go ahead and change it back.

2. A desk or table in a room: This is what I will be doing for this email course (and for my life.)  I will take you through the steps of how I set up a desk for art journaling so that I can have some moments of creative release in my home.

3. A container of materials: This is how I bring my art supplies with my when I travel.  At the very least, anyone can do this in their home.  You basically want to make a kit of your art journal, your favorite supplies, a jar for water, etc.  This way you can set up shop on your kitchen table and get some work done.  Then when you are finished it is easy to throw everything back into the basket (or bin, or box, or bucket, or whatever container pleases you.) 

My art basket: a portable studio I use when I go on vacation.  A great option for someone with limited art making space at home.   Supplies pictured: traveler's notebook, rags, glue, scissors, old book I am cutting apart for collage elements, a collaborative journal to work on,  jars of water-soluble pencils and graphite, tin of gouache tubes, brushes, water brush.

My art basket: a portable studio I use when I go on vacation.  A great option for someone with limited art making space at home.  

Supplies pictured: traveler's notebook, rags, glue, scissors, old book I am cutting apart for collage elements, a collaborative journal to work on,  jars of water-soluble pencils and graphite, tin of gouache tubes, brushes, water brush.

I have a room that will one day be a kid's room.  Until that day comes, I am going to put a desk in there for me to have some art space in the house.  Once that room is a real human's room, I could put a small desk in our living room.

My Step 1:  Find a desk.  I asked my mom if she had a spare because she has lots of extra furniture.  She told me she has my grandfather's old desk that I could use.  It's clunkier than I wanted, but it's free!  I'm going for it.

My Step 2: After moving the desk into our spare room I am gonna take some time to set it up.  I bought a fancy citrus candle (where did I hear citrus is good for creativity?) and a salt lamp because they make every space so dreamy.

My Step 3: Set up the desk with a selection of my favorite supplies.  This is such a personal topic because everyone prefers different materials, but I'll just let you know what I use.

  • Water-soluble pencils
  • Water-soluble crayons
  • Collage scraps (usually an old book or two)
  • Tubes of gouache and/or acrylic paint
  • Jar of water
  • Jar of brushes

Optional Writing Prompt

What is your art space like now?  How is it working for you? What's working well?  What do you wish was different about it? 

Optional Art Prompt

Do some drawing/mark making over some of those painted backgrounds from yesterday.  If there's a specific thing you are eager to draw, draw that.  If you don't know what to draw, just scribble or free-draw from your mind for a while.  Remember, if you feel something calling you, do that.  Ignore me.