Come fly with me in the Art Studio


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“Art studio” is such a fancy shmancy word! At one time it was used only for those in the world of fine art. Today, it’s available to everyone from photographers to crafters to kids play spaces! And I think that’s a good thing!! Let’s pull the thing outta the ivory tower and be friends!

The weekend of New Year’s my dear hubby was not feeling well… So, of course, I thought that was the perfect time to switch up the house. Hubby and I had already discussed this and he was all for it. I think it was just supposed to happen when he was feeling better. BUT He only had to help me with two pieces!

The Big Plan

The master bedroom, which was upstairs has a nice window and is super warm!! The guest bedroom downstairs, which I was using for art stuffs, is super chilly! Since we decided to use the master upstairs for the guest room… It just made sense to switch the two rooms! Plus it’s right beside the kitchen. BONUS!

Art Studio in Process

I did an insta-story on the initial switch-a-roo and a facebook live but I hadn’t shared the almost finished art space.So here goes! *warning* this is a picture heavy post!!!

The view from the door of the art studio. Look at that huge blank wall!!

If you were to walk into the space this is the view. And that huge empty wall needs some serious attention! The two teal cabinets are the same ones from hubby’s parents house in the NC mountains. Yep, they owned an entire mountain. No clue how old those cabinets are.

All the colorful trappings of an art studio and so far my fave place in this space

I think this may be my fave part of this space. Turning to the left from the door, this is what ya see. Lots of color and randomness. And yes… the work table really is on those furniture moving things… Because I never know when I’m going to need to move it!

This is totally a wall of crazy in the art studio. It hold a ton of random important stuff!

Yep. More color and randomness. Pics, glass, albums… holding nothing, easels waiting to hold something. And magazines. My crazy obsession.

every art studio has to have a space for the littlest contributors

Of course, Little Dog, has to have his own corner. Complete with artwork, comfy bed and blankie and fresh water. 

And Now… A Closer Look

Two baskets hold very different things in the art studio. Both important but very different

I’m not really a fan of having things on the floor but for now it’s gotta be that way. We are deciding on what other type of shelving we want to purchase for this room. In the meantime, I have a one basket filled with scissors and hole punches and another with a ton ideas and plans just waiting to be brought into the light.

Pom Pom garlands are a must in art studios!

oh!! And Pom pom garlands!! ya gotta have pom pom garlands!!

How much stuff can I pile onto one work table in an art studio!!

The work table pretty much looks like this… ok, well, sometimes. I have the laptop, the Ipad and if I wasn’t using the camera to take the pic it would right there between that piece of wax paper and the edge of the table. I keep the different mediums in the upper right corner along with the markers, tape, brushes and usually a candle and lotion. Paint is either on the table in that basket, scattered ALL OVER the table or in the cart by the shelves. The two notebooks to the left are the ones I use for blog post ideas and 12 Minute Art.

I love this art studio tech toy!!

This thing is AH-MAZING!!! It’s one of my fave tech toys. It’s a 3 leg tripod with extension. It extends to I think 5 feet tall plus it has the face down arm that makes it possible for me to record the 12 Minute Art videos and the videos I will be creating for online classes.

Art studio madness on a shelf!

Magazines, glass, pictures, colored pencils, canvas, empty albums, paint.. It’s a hot mess!! I have not decided what is going and what is staying and how it’s all going to come together.. but at least its OFF the floor!!

Another hot mess in this studio

And here is another hot mess. An Ipad, artwork, magazines… oh and that pic?? That’s a pic of my dad with his NEW truck. Yep, that was takin around 1930. He was born in 1910. And, yep, he is my REAL father and NOPE I’m not THAT old!! But that’s another story for another time 😉 

How many things can i cram onto a shelf in this art studio?

Yes, those are the smoke detectors. I’m pretty sure they are supposed to be up but it’s not happening!! They drive me crazy and go off just to torture me!! I have crammed more artwork, blank canvas, books to pull book pages from, mixed media journals and… yes.. you are seeing ceramic egg holders. Two to be exact. I use these to hold paint instead of regular palettes. Just more fun that way!

Organizing an art studio, blog, life and all things in general requires a bit of planning.

This is how I am staying organized with the art blog lately. NO. Not by chasing roosters! LOL I found this awesome system and boy is it a game changer. For me I use this as a blog editorial calendar but it would be super simple to convert it to a home keeping calendar, menu planner or.. gosh the possibilities are endless!! Surprisingly, a lot of creativity and planning goes into a blog. It’s a lot like homeschooling. You create goals for the year, break those down into semesters, quarters and weeks. Blogging you sorta do the same thing except you must decide what you want to share.. not what you NEED to teach. You not only share the “curriculum”, you create it also. As much as I loved homeschooling and the planning, blogging is even more fun!

There ya have it!! The in process, crazy hot mess of an art studio. I hope you weren’t expecting anything “cute” OR anything minimalist!! Ya’ll KNOW I am NOT a minimalist!

And HEY!! If ya have any ideas on shelving and getting things OFF the floor pretty please share them with me!!

Big hugs and stay warm!! yeah.. it was like -2 today!!!!


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