Artist Workspace: Essential Tools and Tips

Professional art studio, dedicated room or corner in your bedroom? No matter what, it is your Artist Workspace and you want it to be comfortable and personalized as possible! Smart Art Materials

No matter if it's a professional art studio, dedicated room or corner in your bedroom, it is your Artist Workspace, and it's a very special place because this is where all the magic happens.

It's a place, where you should feel good, and where every little speck should work for you, your creativity and inspiration. Which is why it's very important that you make this space as comfortable and personalized as possible!

Make some room for art! 😀

Although there are no strict rules about the organization of your artist workspace, there are definitely some recommendations and essentials I want to tell you about.

Artist Workspace organization essentials


So what do you need on top of paints, mediums, brushes and painting surface?

Professional art studio, dedicated room or corner in your bedroom? No matter what, it is your Artist Workspace and you want it to be comfortable and personalized as possible! Smart Art Materials1. Proper lighting. Daylight is your best friend and there is nothing better for painting. I always try to catch as much of daylight as possible, but it's not always an option. Which is why it's very important to have a proper lighting in your art space. First of all, it has to be a white light, because any other color (like yellowish light) will distort your colors. Second, your source of light has to be bright and pretty big,  just a side lamp wouldn't work.

Tip: if you are righthanded, make sure your source of light is on the top left from you, and if you are lefthanded - top right, this way the shadows from your hand will not be on your way.

2. Artist Palette. Palette is a surface on which you mix your paints, and it's necessary for your painting process unless you splash/pour your paint directly onto the canvas. Palettes vary in shape and materials they are made from. Check out this article to get more information about artist palette.

Professional art studio, dedicated room or corner in your bedroom? No matter what, it is your Artist Workspace and you want it to be comfortable and personalized as possible! Smart Art Materials

3. Easel. It's a convenient holder for your canvas or other painting support. There are many different designs of easel available on the market that vary in price greatly. Read this article to find out everything you need to know about different types of easels.

4. Water Glass/Cup/Bucket. You need it to clean your brushes while working with paints.

5. Cloth or Paper Towels to take extra paint or water of your brush.

6. Apron. Painting process can get quite messy, try to protect your clothes from paint stains as much as you can.

Few Personal Recommendations:


1. Have all your paints, brushes and other tools on hand. It doesn't mean you need to dump all of your art materials on the table, but make your supplies accessible to you.

Professional art studio, dedicated room or corner in your bedroom? No matter what, it is your Artist Workspace and you want it to be comfortable and personalized as possible! Smart Art Materials

2. Make your artist workspace helpful and inspiring. Surround yourself with things that help your creativity flow: inspiring pictures, references, color combinations, magazine clippings, color wheel and theory, the proportions of the human face and body.... it can be anything! Enrich your collection every time you see something you like and make your art space unique and rousing.

3.  Make your own creative chaos if this is what you want! I'm not telling to make your space messy or dirty (which is actually just fine if this is how you feel), just don't worry about any restrictions or how it looks to other. It's only yours!

Have fun and let yourself be a dreamer 😉

Tell me, how does your artist workspace look? What makes you feel inspired? I would love to hear from you!

Cheers,

Olga

6 thoughts on “Artist Workspace: Essential Tools and Tips

  1. Karen says:

    Great article about setting up an artists work space. I especially like your suggestion about lighting and where to best position your desk to maximize the available lighting. This would apply to any kind of detail activity such as crafting or sewing, not just for painters, so thank you very much for sharing these ideas. Cheers, Karen

    • Olga says:

      Hi Karen, you are welcome 🙂 Yes you are right, this rules definitely apply to most arts and crafts work-spaces. Enjoy the process of creation! 

  2. Levon Tan says:

    Very good tip on the placement of lighting, this would be very good if I didn’t use both hands to draw simultaneously, I am ambidextrous and I use that to my advantage for different art styles and concept. Also to better prevent smudging on wet paint. I also like the idea of having your own “Creative Chaos” I don’t really bother to tidy up my workplace, a lot of people criticise me for it, but it best represents me!

    • Olga says:

      Hi Levon, it must be so cool to be a ambidextrous! I would love to see some of your artworks 🙂 And yes, creative chaos rocks!

  3. John says:

    This article is great because it doesn’t only give steps on how to on art but also other aspects of works, like baking, sewing, photography even office work. As an office worker I will love to apply these to my job. At least set up a place for myself at home and see how convenient that can be. Thanks for the article.

    • Olga says:

      Hi John, you are absolutely right, these recommendations apply to any work-space! You need to have effective and inspiring space for any type of work, business or hobby 😉

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