Arts and crafts are a passion for some people. They like nothing better than to sit down with a sketchbook or to paint a still-life. But painting and drawing can be messy, and if you have collected a lot of paints, sketchbooks, canvases, and other miscellaneous items, a purpose-designed space you can use as an art studio will be very useful. So, what should you look for when selecting a room that you can use as an art studio?
Art studios don’t need to be huge, but you do need enough room for all your tools of the trade. There is nothing worse than an untidy, cramped studio space where you keep falling over your paints and you don’t have room to store your equipment.
Look for a room that’s large enough and not likely to be needed for any other purpose. This is especially the case if you use oil paints, as oils smell quite strong. For example, using the guest bedroom as an art studio isn’t going to work as nobody will want to sleep in a room that smells of turpentine!
Painting is messy, so an art studio with a carpeted floor isn’t a good idea. If you have no choice but to stick with the carpet, at least cover it up with plastic sheeting. Otherwise, put some cheap lino on the floor that’s easy to clean when you spill some paint.
Light is essential when creating art, especially if you work with color. Light changes throughout the day. A south-facing window will have bright sunshine some days and be quite dull at other times. North-facing windows are better in that regard, as the light is less changeable. Roof lights are even better, as the light is overhead. If you have zero choices about lighting, invest in some studio lights with daylight bulbs, so the lighting is as natural as possible.
All artists need storage space for their equipment and artwork. A flat plan chest is useful for storing paper, card, canvases and finished work. Use plastic storage trays for paints, pencils, and other tools of the trade. Fix shelves on the wall for jars and pots of paint, medium, and anything else you like to use.
An artist’s easel is handy if you like to paint. If you work on a small scale, a tabletop easel might suffice, but it is usually better to invest in a larger easel so that your work is not limited by necessity. You can also mount your work on the wall. You can buy artist easels from arts and crafts stores online such as https://www.raaaft.com/.
A table is handy for palettes and jars. You will also need a chair. Even if you prefer to work standing up, it is good to take regular breaks where you sit back and look at the artwork with a fresh eye.
Be careful not to overheat your studio space. Heat is not great for mediums like acrylic, as it dries out the paint too quickly. Cold isn’t pleasant to work in, but it’s much better for your paint!
Are you considering creating your own art studio? Let us know how you get on.