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Art At Home: Creating Your Art Room

For most artists whether professional or amateur, creative output is unavoidably linked to their place of work. If their workspace is ill equipped or only available on a limited basis, work will inevitably suffer. A great remedy for this is an in-home art studio which, with careful consideration to the components required and a well planned layout that is sympathetic to the manner in which you work will result in increased creativity and perhaps more importantly, increased enjoyment of your craft.

First clear out the space and choose a light, uplifting shade for your walls and a hard wearing, water resistant covering for the floor, tiles are best but wood or laminate is fine.

Next, take stock of all the things your studio will need. A place to clean up is a necessity so you will need a sink (perhaps even two) and a large draining board. If this is out of your predetermined budget, instead try to situate your studio as close to your laundry room/kitchen/bathroom as possible to avoid running through the house with paintbrushes. There are a few art mediums where a sink is not an absolute necessity. A watercolour artist, pencil artist, or pen and ink artist can forgo the sink if they wish.

Your work surface will vary depending on the type of art you create. A draughtsman or technical artist will make better use of a tilting board than a flat table and sculptor may prefer to forgo any table at all, instead favouring a large floor space. Others will need a wall covered with cork or another material to which they can staple large works in progress. Whatever medium you work in, ensure that you have enough space.

Whilst most artist souls need to be free in their creative space, a little order is required if you want to be able to locate your 6B pencils or masking fluid within a calendar month, so storage needs to be ample and well planned. The idea is to make whatever items you use completely accessible and close to hand while you are working to avoid work being spoiled unnecessarily through interruption.

An art studio must have proper lighting. Depending on where in the home your studio is located you may be able to utilise natural, northern exposure, sunlight which is the truest light and will therefore yield the best results if you are working with colour. For evening work you will to need to install spotlights which offer full spectrum lighting and allow you complete control over where it is directed. Creating art under full spectrum lighting guarantees that your work will look its best regardless of where it is displayed. Full spectrum light allows you to distinguish shades far more accurately. It also helps to eliminate eyestrain as it eliminates glare. On top of this, full spectrum lighting is said to have mood improving abilities.

Finishing touches are optional but homely touches such as matching soft furnishings such as curtains, beanbags, cushions (on a cosy armchair, perfect for tea breaks) will help personalise your studio, helping you to relax and be inspired.  Perhaps some of your hand painted wall art would help inspire and motivate!

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