The gpals I had for getting this desk were:
- To store all my art supplies in one place since they were all over the house
- To reduce my time searching for supplies and instead use the supplies to finish more projects
- To preserve the quality of the paints and supplies since they're costly and shouldn't be wasted
- To have a workspace that is comfortable so I'll be more likely to actually want to sit there and work
- To have the desk near a window so sunlight and a view would be inspiring
- To be able to have a space that was suitable for both work, meaning trading or writing and play, meaning art
|Some of my supplies before organizing - in a closet|
I organized all of the supplies into multiple piles that made sense. First I gathered all of my paints, then divided them up between oils, watercolours and acrylics. Then I chose appropriate containers to hold the supplies. I wanted to make the supplies easy and quick to get to and to keep them in good condition.
|Starting the organizing|
-Putting my sketchbooks and work papers on the built-in desk shelves
-Keeping pencils in a pencil tin
-Putting paints in shoeboxes, or plastic bins in case they leaked
|Some of my paints, all together now!|
-Leaving enough room to have a tablet and laptop so that I could swing trade and write or craft all at the same time
-Making paintbrushes easily accessible - I reused a wine storage box that had been sitting for a while unused. It was the perfect height and had a lot of space for all my brushes!
|My wine storage box, reinvented into brush storage|
The last thing I added to my desk are things to inspire me when I'm sitting in it. So I added one painting I painted, one that a friend gave me, some photos of my son and I and some seasonal decorations. I'll be changing the decor regularly, just for fun.
So I reached my goal, with organizing my art supplies in one place! I've found I really do enjoy sitting an working at my desk. It's nice to have a space that's all my own...except when my son climbs up on my chair and throws my pencils everywhere! I'm saving a lot of time since all my supplies are in one, organzied, relaxing place.
|The end product - trading & painting away!|