What Every Artist Needs to Know: Setting Up our Home Art Studio

When we start out painting, we may think - a home art studio? Why do we need a studio?

We don't all need a formal art studio, but we do need a special place to do our painting. Art is exciting and we are anxious to get started.

A dedicated space where our supplies are available, puts us into an artistic mindset whenever we go there. That makes it easier to get the creative juices flowing.

Setting up our home art studioOur Home Studio

How much space do we need in our studio?

We don’t need a whole big art studio for creative painting. A dedicated painting space makes our painting more convenient.

While visiting a fellow artist I saw her art supplies out on the short part of her ell shaped eating bar (approximately 3 feet). She said that she paints there every evening.

It was amazing that she turned out so many lovely watercolor paintings from such a small space. She said she enjoys being by the rest of the household, instead of in a separate room.

If there is an extra bedroom, a dining room, the attic, basement, garage or any other unused space, go for it. Even a walk-in closet will make a great home art studio.

We can paint on a desk, a fold-up table, a roll-away cart, an easel in the living room or even part of the eating bar.

When my husband and I lived in a one bedroom there was no extra space for painting. When it was painting time, my portable easel got set up in the middle of the living room floor. It worked just fine. We use what is available.

One time my high school counselor mentioned that she paints every evening. She said she paints in her basement. She goes there in the evening to paint and unwind from work.

Painting takes total concentration and gets our mind off of everything else. Relieving stress is one of the reasons we paint.

what do we need in our home art studio?

Good light and ventilation are imperative for our special painting place.

Have good lighting in your art studio.Good light is the most important part of our studio.

The ultimate light for a studio is north light windows. Most of us don’t have that luxury. But yay, after 40 years I finally have a place to paint with north windows! There is still a need for artificial lighting on overcast days or at night.

Artificial lights need to be a balanced light. Daylight bulbs give the correct type of light for painting. Daylight bulbs are available at our local building supply and many art stores.

Florescent bulbs are too cool for painting. Their bluish light skews our color perception. The colors will be off when the painting is viewed in natural daylight.

On the other hand, regular incandescent bulbs are too warm. The painting colors will look dull in the daylight.

Make sure your painting area has adequate ventilation.

A window is great for light and ventilation. If there is no window available, daylight bulbs work just fine and a fan will keep the air moving and pleasant.

what Do we Paint on - an Easel, Table or Counter?

What we paint on depends on our painting medium.

Oils and acrylics are usually painted on an easel. If we sit to paint, a table easel is the best option.

Watercolors are easy to do on a desk, counter, table or a drafting table. When we paint watercolors standing up, place a 2x4 wood block under the top edge of the painting. The block tilts the painting up for comfortable access.

What do we need in our home studio?We need our own painting place - Image by Pexels

We may either stand or sit to paint. Standing imparts a freedom in our paintings. Our arms and hands are free to move. Sometimes we have to sit, but that doesn't stop us from painting.

an Organized art place is convenient

We need to have our painting supplies organized, handy and ready to use.

Keep an adequate supply of materials. There is nothing worse than running out of our favorite color in the middle of a painting. What supplies do we need to start painting?

There are many innovative ways to store our paint supplies. We may use shelves, boxes, baskets, cans, vases or glasses like in the photo.

Even a fishing tackle box can make a good art box. That's what held my oil paints and brushes for years. Necessity can make us very inventive.

A clean organized space makes painting pleasant and more inspiring. We have heard of writer’s block, there also can be an artist’s block. One of the ways to prevent an artist's painting block is to keep our painting area organized.

When there are no distractions, our creative juices can just flow.

What do we put in our home studio?

  • Natural lighting or daylight bulbs
  • Good ventilation
  • Painting supplies
  • Supply storage
  • Things to paint, photos or objects
  • Easel, counter or table
  • A chair or stool
  • Music
  • Wastebasket

Make your home art studio comfortable and convenient, so it's always ready to produce awesome paintings.

have fun painting!



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