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Making Room for Art When You Have No Studio

teacher avatar Rebecca Humphreys, Scribbler of Doodlebits

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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Hello!

    • 2. The Handy Stash

    • 3. The Box Stash

    • 4. Box Stash Set Ideas

    • 5. For the Kiddos

    • 6. Your Turn!

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Learn how to carve out your own creative space - no matter how much room you have.

Not all of us have the room for an art studio and can struggle with the juggle- daily life vs. creating art. “If I put it all away, when will I go through the hassle of getting it all back out again?” You know exactly what I mean if your main work zone is also your kitchen table or a student desk. In this class, you’ll find some great ways to organize your art supplies so they can be more user-friendly - and keep them that way! 

Creating art is worth the effort, but with so many demands on our time and energies, sometimes we just don’t bother - even when we want to, and then we miss out. Come along with me as I share some lessons I’ve learned from being in that same situation. 

I’ll show you how to make room in your life for art and remove some of the frustrations that keep you from creating.

No art studio required.


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Rebecca Humphreys

Scribbler of Doodlebits



A few ink and watercolour tidbits snatched from my sketchbook....


I enjoy the process of using traditional art supplies and seem to encounter less barriers to creativity when I’m using watercolours, ink or oil pastels in the real world. I do some digital work, too, and I imagine that the more familiar I get with using those tools, I may enjoy using them just as much ... or almost :) Traditional tools seem to evoke more of a feeling of ‘play’, which I find highly addictive! Maybe that's why I enjoy making my own watercolours as much as I enjoy actually painting with them. :)


And some Oil Pastel pieces...

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1. Hello!: Rebecca, in this class, you're gonna learn how to car. Vote your own creative space. No matter how much room you have, Not all of us have the room for an art studio and can struggle with the juggle daily life versus creating art. You know the feeling If I put it all away, when am I going to go through all the effort of getting it all back out again? You know exactly what I mean. If your main work zone is also your kitchen table or your student desk in this class, I'll show you some great ways to organize your art supplies in ways that will make them more user friendly and how to keep them that way. Creating art is worth the effort, but with so many demands on our time and energies, honestly, sometimes we just don't bother even when we want to. And then we miss out. So come along with me. As I share some tips and lessons that I've learned from being in that exact situation, I'll show you how to make room for art in your life and how to remove some frustrations that keep you from creating no art studio required just before we get into it. I just want you to know your class project will be easy to create and to start benefiting from right away, so let's go. 2. The Handy Stash: So the first thing that I'm going to talk about today is something called the Handy Stash. Well, that's what I call it now when it comes to art supplies. Have you found this to be true for you? Basically, if you don't see it, you won't use it. It's a little turn on the phrase basically out of sight, out of mind. Now, this is not 100% of the time because sometimes we will go rooting through our supplies because, man, we're on a mission and you got to find that one supplied to make this picture perfect. But I find that I seem to use the supplies that are the easiest to get at when I'm in the zone you're creating and you're just enjoying the process. I'm really not thinking about that box or boxes of supplies that are way off in the closet somewhere. But, you know, I just don't have the room to have all of my art supplies just out everywhere. So that's where the handy stash comes in. I keep a stash of select art supplies close at hand, actually, right on my desk. Now, this is not a big insight handy supplies. But the trick is this. If you switch haute supplies every so often because there's only room for so much right, this simple trick of changing out your art supplies does several very important things. The first thing it does when you play with new toys, it can be an immense boost to your creativity. Now don't just switch out paint sets, although that's one thing I really do recommend. But try switching like art mediums altogether. If watercolors are your usual thing, put your oil pastels or your gua sh up for a change. I have my favorites, too, but I like to keep it fresh. Then when you go back to your most love supplies, often you'll have a new perspective and greater enjoyment in using those. After all, the second thing that switching out your little stash does is you actually make better use of all of your arse approx supplies. You know, no brainer here, but so this makes not as much waste, and you'll actually save some money because the supplies that are your main go twos, your favorites they'll last longer because you're cycling through your other various supplies. The third thing that this will do is you get a chance to remember old loves or find new loves. Sometimes we forget how much fun something waas, and it's wonderful to be reminded. You know, when you keep trying a new supply, a newer, maybe supply to you for longer than one or two times, you learn so much more. Every art supply, if it's quite a bit different, has a learning curve, and sometimes we stop using something before we get through the difficulty curve. We need to get over that hump of learning to use it and into the enjoyment part of using it . So when you cycle through and put up things that are maybe not as much fun, you know, some materials that you thought you didn't like may end up really surprising you. Now I realize that this is a very simple tip. It's simple to understand, and it's simple to implement. Just keep ah, very select stash of art supplies on your desk in a little stack. I encourage you to try it, even though it's really simple. Try it. You know one thing that it will do is that your creative space will feel cleaner if you keep down the clutter from having to money supply Zotto, oat all the time and less clutter in your creative space gives you the mental space to create with joy. All those things on your desk can be stifling to your creativity because they fight for your attention. And honestly, I am far too easily distracted as it is. Um, we have a little joke at our hosts that I have squirrel moments so honestly far, too, is easily distracted. The next thing we're gonna talk about is how to bring this concept into your main living space with ease. 3. The Box Stash: Okay, so we talked about our selected materials in her handy stash. Now I'm pleased. Introduce you to your box stash. Try not to laugh too much of me. I know I'm weird, but there it is now, in order to make a habit of art instead of and every once in a while thing, it's important to have things within our reach. But we're not always at our desk or table or wherever our handy stash of art supplies is kept. So this box dash is a great little solution. I love it. The box stash is basically a smaller version of the handy stash, but it's in a box or a basket or on a little spot on a shelf. But here's the key. It's in your main living area, be it your living room, your den. Wherever you find yourself sitting, it could be beside a stool in your breakfast nook. Mine is in a corner near a comfy chair that I like, and it's actually on the floor, but it's really cute, and I don't mind it being there now for this to work this box or basket needs to be carefully curated. A small collection of quick materials that now hear me are not fussy to use. Okay, so we're talking about, like, pencils and a sketch book travel watercolors and a water brush and some paper towels and a sketchbook. Oil pastels and some construction paper colored pencils and a coloring book. Okay, so don't choose all of those items, even if you have and use them. All the trick with this basically, why this works is that we're more apt to get right into a project if we remove some of the hassles of the decision making right from the start, when we have to make too many decisions, our brains actually get tired from all that work. And we can lose our drive to draw or paint or whatever you want to do to be creative. Um, I've heard it referred to as decision fatigue or, um, heard one called analysis Paralysis. Eso, basically, by making it really simple, were removing a layer or two of resistance. So too many layers to slog through, and we end up not making any art at all. Now, you don't need to stress about what to put into your box, because, like the handy stash that we talked about in the last lesson. The reason that the box stash works and keeps working is that we're going to switch out our little collection of supplies every so often. So just set yourself a little reminder in your calendar on her phone, time to change up the box dash on the first of the month or whatever works for you now an important box dash rule. I don't normally like to make rules for things about you know, especially when I tell people. But this is actually an important rule. It will keep you using it well, but here it is. No finish projects get stuffed into your box. Now, this doesn't apply if you have a sketchbook, of course. But if you're using anything loose, nothing finished gets stuffed in their Onley work in progress. Now, this keeps your box neat and inviting and not embarrassing. If company should happen to pop in and see your cute little box, it's not gonna have stuff falling all out of it Now. How do I know this from, you know, life maybe, huh? Ah, the next tip isn't a rule per se, but it's definitely helpful in removing another layer of resistance. And here's a tip. Now, if you use a sketchbook, whatever sketchbook you choose, pick one that you're not going to be precious about. Just pick up an inexpensive one because, ah, sketchbook that you use is 100 times better than when you love too much to use or too much to mess up. Now, if sketchbooks intimidate or frustrate you, to be honest, I have a little problem there with sketchbooks. Grab a stack of loose sheets of paper. You can pop it in a file folder, if you'd like to. Whatever, Um, I do use a sketchbook because I can choose a bit of a smaller size for my little box, but this is about what you will actually use. So next we're gonna look at some ideas for some of your sets. 4. Box Stash Set Ideas: now your choices for your sets will depend on the art materials that you work with. But here are a few ideas basically, to get your going cause get you going now it's easy to like Just pick your regular things right, But you want to be able to switch these o keeps switching them up. So your class project is to create your own box dash and snap a picture of your materials, either in the box or with the box or a basket or whatever. Now you can choose a set idea from the list, or you can completely create your own It it's all dependent on what you use, right, But remember to keep it simple and don't choose anything messy like oil paints. Not I have nothing against what pains, but don't put them in your box stash. Okay, so a few things air you list you can have something like travel watercolors, a water brush sketchbook, paper tile that could be one box stash set. You can have ah, one set of markers and a sketchbook. You can have a set of ah, a sketchbook with the pencil and eraser, and that's all ah or What about a sketch book with a fountain pen? I actually love drawing with a fountain pen. Um, there's something very freeing about it. First of all, it's not hard at all on the wrist. I have a little problem with that. So try that sometimes you can pick up some really inexpensive ones. You don't have to buy a Mont Blanc or something. Um, actually, my favorite fountain pen for sketching is a pilot cocoon. Oh, and fine. Just a little tip there for you. Um oh, and I use, um, some black ink. If you want it to be waterproof, then go for a waterproof ink. But if you don't care if it's waterproof, if you're not gonna be painting over top of it, you can just use, like a pilot incur whatever INC is cheap if you get the writing. Okay, Um, something else for your stash. Um, what about a coloring book? Color pencils, markers? What? Whatever you might like to to have as something to freshen up your stash, you can have oil, pastels and construction paper. You can have a toned paper sketchbook with white ink pen. Basically. Okay, You get the idea here this is completely customizable, and it's always fresh. This thing is a gold mine. Now, next, we're gonna talk about making art time. Family time. This is kind of cool. Stay tuned. 5. For the Kiddos : So if you've ever defended your art supplies from eager little fingers, whether they're your kids fingers or they're someone else's kids fingers or if the other your grandchildren's fingers, this is the trick for you. Make the kiddos their own little box dash. Now the same rules apply. Keep it simple. Keep it neat. No finish work goes back in the box. No. If you get them to help when it comes time to switch up the sets, then they're gonna be more inclined to want to try it. When it's time to switch up your set, we'll make it. Time to switch up there. Set now, Don't necessarily. Depending on their age. Don't let them just randomly pick whatever cause we don't know what that might be. And it might not be appropriate for the living room, But, um, if you give them a few options, what do you want? What set do you want to work with in your box stash next? So give them a few options and then they get to pick so they'll be more inclined to stick with their own special set of our supplies if they're involved a little bit in the planning aspect, and it can be a special thing that you do together. You have your art supplies and they have their supplies, and you have that nice bond of special time. I have so many childhood memories of making art that this is a really nice thing that you can do together and at the same time protect your art supplies. To be honest, some of your art supplies are not safe for Children to use, so make sure that everybody stays safe and yet has fun at the same time. 6. Your Turn!: class project. Upload a picture of your box stash set or future said ideas in the class project section. If you do make a box dash for the kiddos, too, we'd love to see pictures of those. I also encourage you to update your class project later if you happen to create some art because you had your box dash close by and you made something that you wouldn't normally have made. Or you can add a picture of something that you made because you had a material in your handy stash that you didn't normally keep their and you encourage yourself to use something that you weren't normally in. The habit of using creating traditional art is worth the effort, and I hope that these tips help you to get back into creating bye for now.