I moved into a new art studio a couple of months ago. It has lovely wood floors, but I found them too dark for an art studio. I also worried about damaging them (I’m just renting the space). I found an easy, affordable solution by covering most of the floor with cream-colored carpet tiles from FLOR in my new studio space, plus adding an inexpensive area rug from Home Depot for some color.
Covering the studio’s brown wood floor makes the space so much brighter. Plus, I don’t have to worry about getting paint on the floor. I can easily lift the individual tiles up, rinse them off in the kitchen sink, and then stick them back down when they are dry. Or more likely, I’ll just leave the paint on them and consider it part of the decor! Drop by and visit so you can see for yourself!
I have a beautiful wooden desk in my art studio where I work on my computer, doing sketching and more. It’s too nice a piece to go with my paint splattered folding tables and Ikea bookshelves, but it didn’t fit in our New York apartment when we moved so I got to use it in my studio instead.
I wanted to protect the surface from scratches where I slide my computer in and out of the way, so I taped down a large piece of drawing paper in that area. I use it to write down short notes or unconsciously doodle/stamp/stencil on it. When one side gets full, I flip around the sheet and continue filling up the opposite side. I looked down today for a place to add another note and realized it was completely full…no empty space available. Obviously, it’s time for a new blotter sheet! Maybe I’ll save this one to use in some of my collage work. 🙂
Why make color charts? To keep you organized between multiple studios.
If you’re in NYC this weekend, stop by my studio and say “hi”! LIC Arts Open is this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Over 200 artists in Long Island City are opening their studios to the public and I’m one of them. It’s just one subway stop out of Manhattan in Queens. Take the E, F or M train to the Court Square station, then it’s only a three block walk! Drop by my studio at Reis Studios (43-01 22nd St., LIC) . I’m giving away free candy…okay it’s not much of a bribe but it’s better than nothing!