Are you a creative of any kind? I want to share MY workspace essentials as an artist, designer, and calligrapher. Whether you're brand new and need some insight, or a seasoned pro who wants to compare, read more to check out where I craft this little labor of love.
I've been an artist in some form or another my whole life. When I was small, my brother got video games, and instruments for holidays and I always got paper and art supplies. Well, LOOK AT ME NOW! A big contributing factor to the success of an artist is their work space. I'm always interested in the spaces my favorite artists create for themselves, so I thought someone might be helped by seeing the little corner I've cultivated for my creative endeavors.
The most important part about your art space, is that you LOVE it. Surround yourself with things you care about. Keep it neat. These are the things I keep at my work space, followed by some tips to keep your work space WORKABLE.
WORK SPACE ESSENTIALS
- KNICK KNACK BOX: I love this little set of drawers. I have a drawer for stamps, check book, addresses, and immediate financial docs, a drawer for writing utensils, a drawer for tools like pliers, tape, pen nibs, wells, etc. and a drawer for junk that has no place to go but can't be trashed.
- LAMP: It's dark in Seattle. IT'S. DARK.
- PEN JAR: I keep all of my popular writing utensils in my little ceramic owl. There's tools you need and tools you need RIGHT NOW. I like to keep a space for accessible or delicate writing tools.
- GNARLY MUG: Working from home means you get to have your favorite things all the time. But if you stay in bed all day you're not really "working from home". Pick a thing that's comfy for your desk. Mine is my FAVORITE cat mug.
- INK + WATER TRAY: As a calligrapher, I work with a lot of wet materials and stuff in small jars. I keep my ready materials together in a tray. If they don't fit in the tray, they get stored in ink boxes. On hand materials: Dr. PH Martins Bleed Proof White, Gouache, Black India Ink, Winsor Newton Gold, Water well (and I guess a souvenir vile of gold flake from Alaska).
- PEN HOLDER: For active pens, I have a pen holder and slate so as not to make a real big mess.
- COMPUTER: A lot of work happens on here. When I'm writing or drawing, I move the work-horse and this becomes open space.
- NOTEBOOK: If you don't have a trillion notebooks in various stages of use, I think you're doing it wrong. We all feel bad about it. We all say we won't buy another one until we fill out the last one. We're all liars.
- CAT REPELLENT: I'd like to say this green bottle is "desk cleaner", but my best friend (is a cat) is a little extra zealous when the people are busy. Water spray stops him (sometimes) from jumping up and wrecking a pile of wet envelopes.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR SPACE WORKABLE
It's imperative that you take an interest in your space. It's GOING TO get messy, but if you stay invested, the clean up and maintenance just becomes part of the job.
Keep it neat:
Only keep what you need on your desk. Before you sit down to start a project, get rid of the scrap and recyclables from previous work. Personally, I live in a small space so my work space is VALUED. Cleaning up is 100% a part of my EVERY DAY.
In line with keeping it neat, make sure that a large portion of you desk is dedicated to empty, flat space. If you're a calligrapher it's non-negotiable. But even if you're illustrating, or even just working on a computer, nothing's worse than a crowded space.
Create a sister space:
There's more to business and art than what can fit on your desk. Make a space where you can keep your paper stocks, financials, samples, previous work, craft supplies, tools, etc. I have a pull out shelf on the side of my desk for daily use materials and a shelf full of boxes and tools. I'd argue this sister space is just as important as your desk space, especially if you have financial junk to keep track of.
I love seeing where people work, especially the folks I've met who do calligraphy. It's fun to compare and aspire to a more creative space. I hope this is an interesting insight into my bubble.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU KEEP AT YOUR WORK SPACE! DO YOU WORK FROM HOME? DO YOU RENT A SPACE? WHAT ARE THE PROS/CONS?