Studio Tips + Tricks

Confession: My studio is usually a hot mess.

I typically clean it up and try to organize it on Mondays. Then I dump all out all my ideas and feelings and make another mess by end of the week.

I’d like to share my tips and tricks for anyone who might be like me (struggling to keep things clean) or anyone who’s setting up an art space for the first time. I plan to continue to add to this list so, make sure to check it out and check back!

  • Brown Craft Paper is my new best friend in the studio. I bought a few rolls of it at The Dollar Tree. They’re pretty big rolls too. 30″ X 15ft! Whaaat? And for a buck? That’s my jam! So, I roll a chunk of it over my desk and then I can paint, make a mess OR have a clean background for my YouTube videos.
  • Run to Your Studio. Stressed Out? Sad? Tired? Angry? Anxious? Confused? Overwhelmed? I repeat, Run to Your Studio break out your brushes and create asap!
  • Use Acrylic Paint – It dries quickly (compared to oil paint). It wipes off most surfaces with soap and water. Don’t get it on your clothes or carpet though. That won’t end well.
  • Wear Your Apron – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ruined my clothes because I thought I was being careful. Whoops.
  • Use a Variety of Surfaces – I love painting on canvas boards + stretched canvas. I like the way it sounds when I’m painting and I like the texture. But, don’t be afraid to try other things too! (like paper boards, aluminum or wood panels)
  • Don’t Plan – Okay, yes. Paintings do need to be planned or sketched out but, if you’re feeling the painting vibe, just start painting. Don’t let a plan stop you.
  • If you don’t like it, paint over it! – Bob Ross always said, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” In art, you can always turn “it” into something else.
  • Move – Your studio space could start in a closet with an art journal and some colored pencils…. As you grow and collect more mediums and things, you may have to move. My studio has been in a lot of different rooms in my house and YES I get the side eye sometimes when I start moving it around (again) but, oh well. Makers gonna make! …and I need the space.