It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced artist or a beginner who is just starting to create art; it is important to have a designated space at home where you can release your creativity and let your imagination run wild. If you still haven’t set up a creative space at home, you can easily do so with a few simple considerations and supplies.
Here we have put together an easy guide that will help you to set up your own art room at home, whether it is in a shed outside, in your garage, in an attic or basement, in a spare room, or even in the corner of a room or under the stairs, fitting your supplies and designing your space is easy with some helpful tips.
There are a few things you’ll want to consider before deciding where to set up your creative space; these include the following:
- Budget: Creating an art space budget is not difficult, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Make a list of the basic supplies you’ll need for painting, and don’t forget to include lighting and any required furniture like a comfortable chair, and try to stick to your designated amount, so you don’t end up spending too much.
- Lighting: The best lighting to work when creating art is always natural light; still, it is not always possible to have ample natural light at all times. Make sure you add some overhead lighting or a floor or table lamp with adjustable shade so that it allows you to direct the light as required whenever natural light is not an option.
- Ventilation: Having enough ventilation when working with paints, paint solvents, glues, or any other toxic and volatile materials is essential. Make sure that your creative area has enough windows that allow airflow, and consider installing an odor extractor that allows eliminating strong toxic odors from your work area.
- Sink and water: Having access to water when working with oil and watercolor paints is crucial since creating art can get messy. Choose a room near a sink or an outdoor faucet with running water, or consider getting a utility sink, which is often used by artists who need access to water at all times.
- Workspace: Depending on the type of art you like, you’ll need different workspaces. If you like to draw and sketch, you don’t need a huge studio, but if you are going to work with big canvases and lots of painting supplies, you may need more room to work and store your materials and works of art; think about this to help you decide where to set up your art studio.
- Privacy: Consider a place in your home where you can be away from noise and distractions, preferably a quiet and private space so you can really focus and get immersed in your art ideas and inspiration without getting distracted by others at home.
- Floor protection: An easy to clean floor is crucial when creating art; avoid using carpeted floor since any stain that falls in it will be hard to remove; go for vinyl or linoleum materials, or place a big piece of plastic below you and around your working area if you feel like your floors can get stained for life.
The required materials will vary depending on the type of art you want to create; here are some basic supplies you’ll need depending on the art style:
- Drawing: Graphite pencils are essential for this type of art, make sure to get a wide variety of graphite pencils, good quality colored pencils, crayons, pastels, sharpeners, erasers, some quality sketchbooks, a durable, strong table, and an ergonomic chair are a few basic things to include to start drawing.
- Oil Painting: Get a set of oil painting colors that includes a wide variety of tones for a great artist palette to start working with; an easel and a few different sizes of canvases, to begin with, is essential, a set of different sizes of paintbrushes, a primer to have a good base before you start painting, a paint extender and a drying rack to allow your work to dry before you can frame it and display it is also recommended.
- Water Painting: This type of art is very popular. To start creating watercolor paintings, make sure to stock up on a full palette of watercolors, a few jars and containers, different types and sizes of paintbrushes. An easel can be very helpful, but you can also work on a sturdy table or desk or even on the floor if you feel comfortable. You can either start painting on watercolor paper or on canvases depending on your preferences.
Having your own art studio at home will allow your creativity to flow and encourage you to spend more time doing what you are passionate about. In no time, you’ll see you’ll have enough creations to decorate your kitchen, living room, dining room, and even the bathroom with astonishing pieces of art of your own creation.