“This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find nothing happens there. But, if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.” – Joseph Campbell.
If there is one thing an artist needs, it’s space. Space to keep materials, to lay out paints and papers, and to find inspiration. Lack of space is one of the biggest problems that get in the way of people making art. If you want to make art and creativity a part of your daily life, then you need to make space for it. Here are some of my favourite ways to carve out an art space at home.
1. List your wants and needs
From materials to tables and chairs, list everything that you would like in your studio space. Look over your list, starting with the essentials, and decide what you really need to work. You can always add more later.
2. Repurpose old furniture
Whether it’s a desk or a chest of drawers, use it. Start by finding something that you can use as a table. For now, keep it clear – you’re going to need it later! To save extra space you can use a folding table that can be stored neatly away when you’re done.
2. Divide a room
Divide part of a room into a studio space. If the room is part of a family or living room, use shelves or a screen to delineate it. If you don’t have a room large enough for this, try taking over an attic, basement or garage.
3. Make space for storage
That old chest of drawers that you found earlier? That’s going to come in handy. Divide it up into sections – one for paper, one for paints, one for brushes, and so on. If you don’t have a drawer you can use, try buying a small plastic storage box or rolling cart.
4. Use portable art kits
Many art supplies are small and portable, so you can work from anywhere. Carry an art pouch filled with all the essentials and work in the work or your local coffee shop.
5. Keep your space alive
You’re going to feel much more likely to work in a beautiful space filled with inspiration than in somewhere dull and drab. While you’re repurposing your furniture or putting up that screen, why not re-decorate them yourself by adding a pop of colour or some collage. Decorate the walls with art prints, postcards, pages from magazines. Make it personal, a unique space to fuel your sense of creativity. I make sure that my space is always filled with big, leafy plants, beautiful ceramics, colourful art prints, and music.
If you need inspiration, take a look at these beautiful studios for ideas.
- Kelly Rae Roberts’s beautiful, vibrant Soul Shine Studio
- Michelle Allen’s light, colourful and quirky studio
- Katie Daisy’s small yet stunning desk space