As working parents, we already have a lot on our plates. Our professional and personal lives demand all our attention. One way that some working parents try to balance this demand is by working from home. My husband is a talented artist, and although we share the same workspace, we’ve managed to create and area just for him to work and keep his supplies super organized. For people who need dedicated workspaces, such as professional artists like my husband, the lack of space can create even more problems. How are you supposed to get creative in the middle of your home? How can you create a dedicated workspace? The following tips for developing your own home art studio can answer those questions so that you can confidently make art at home.
1) Find an Inspirational Space
Most homes are full of underutilized spaces. Many people use garden sheds, closets under the stairs, and basements for haphazard storage that you barely remember to examine. You can turn any of these spaces into an inspirational art studio with the right motivation. For example, you can revamp your home by remodeling your basement and including space for an art studio. The size of the space doesn’t matter as long as you have a dedicated work area and can store your art supplies nearby.
2) Choose an Organization System
Art supply storage is an essential part of any art studio, in your home or otherwise. Depending on how much space you have within your studio and what art supplies you use, you can pick from various organization systems. In small studios, many artists try to use vertical storage. For example, you can clip binder clips onto the end of paint tubes and hang them on wall hooks. Larger spaces provide more storage room. For example, you might store crafting paper in a file cabinet. Examine your space and determine what type of organization system will work best.
3) Check for Proper Ventilation
Some art supplies release heavy fumes when you work with them, such as epoxy resin. If you’re planning to work with this type of art supply in your studio, there are epoxy resin safety precautions that you should take, including proper ventilation. Before you move into your studio space and set up your organization system for your supplies, check the ventilation. If there aren’t windows, fans, or art vents nearby, you may want to choose a different area for your art studio or create art with a safer medium.
4) Decorate Your New Studio
Our last tip for developing your own home art studio is to decorate it and make it feel like a real studio. Even though this studio is within your home or on your property, you can still make it feel like a professional studio. Consider what inspires your art and add those items to your new space. If the space is within your home, you may want to also consider adding a door sign warning people that you’re unavailable while you’re working.
A home art studio is a great option for working artistic parents who want to work from home. Even if you’re only an amateur artist at the moment, having a dedicated art space will inspire you and move you forward on your creative journey.
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