Even though I have the coolest studio room/library all to myself, there are times when I need my art supplies to be a little bit more portable. Whether I want to be hanging out with Scott in the living room or if I am meeting up friends for a fun art party, I’ve finally found a great solution for how to make things a little more haulable. Plus—BONUS!—this is a great solution for renters or those who don’t have a lot of space to devote to housing creative items.
So, let’s start with the pile of stuff I drug into the living room this weekend to work on an art project:
As most organization projects go, it was a little daunting to get started, but to get myself going I grouped like items together in smaller containers. In this case stickers and other random paper items went into the mint green container from Ikea and the stamps (my newest re-discovered love!) in the metal container (snagged out of our garage!).
A basket I got from Target a few years ago has become the perfect place for storing all my washi tape. You never know when that stuff will come in handy!
Maybe my favorite storage I came up with is for my pens. First of all, I love writing utensils. I had a somewhat manageable collection until my birthday and Christmas when I got a ton of new gel pens and microns from people that love me and know me well. I just had them shoved into jars and random containers and was actively looking for a way to store them horizontally (most manufacturers recommend this) when I came across this scrapbook organizer. It’s meant for storing 4×6″ photos, but pens fit perfectly! I super nerded-out and organized them (and labeled them!) by type and color. This way they are all together, can be stored horizontally AND I can grab one case at a time when needing a certain color/type for a project.
I originally had taken all these acrylic paints out of their containers and had them in a basket, but rooting around 48 tubes looking for a particular color wasn’t working out very well. So back in their homes they went. 🙂 Sometimes the container something comes in really is the best place to keep it!
On a slightly different note, people ask me all the time how to get started with art. The number one thing that has helped me the most is having supplies that are easily portable and ready to use whether I have five minutes or five hours. My favorite thing I’ve bought art wise (that I use daily!) is this portable watercolor palette. It is small enough to stick in any bag, the colors are bright and it comes with this awesome water brush. You add water into the pen and you squeeze gently to release water. This little kit has changed the way I do art—it’s no longer some drawn-out, super formal thing. It’s easy and fun! I liked the water pens so much I ordered the three-pack of them that come in different sizes. I’ve been using them daily for almost 6 weeks and I absolutely adore them.
I have this tote bag that I got from Target last year that I use when meeting up with friends for art meetings. I love being able to just grab what I need from the cart (or my studio), toss it in the bag and go. 🙂 My main staples to take are a mixed media journal, watercolor pencils, water brushes and my portable watercolor palette of course.
I’d love to hear from you guys—what’s in your art travel bag? Or what would you pick up from the Container Store? Obsessed with that store—and with art! If you aren’t into art (yet!) pick up a watercolor kit and get started. SO fun.
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