Every artist, whether a newbie or a pro, needs a personal art space where they can express their creative ideas freely. We all know art spaces to be big rooms with all the fancy furniture. So, if you have a small apartment, you might be wondering how to make art in such a small space.
Don't worry about the size of your apartment because it's never about how large or small your art space is. Here are practical tips for building an art space in a small apartment.
Stop waiting for an ideal art studio because you don't need it. Just find a place, claim it and use it to make art.
Depending on how large your apartment is, you can divide a room. Use part of it as the living space and the other as your art space. You can use a screen, a shelf or a table to separate the two areas.
A closet may be perfect, too. Squeeze your clothes to one side of the closet or create a clothing rack elsewhere in the apartment. All you need is a chair, a small desk or a shelf to make your small art studio.
You can always put a desk in a corner of your apartment and add some shelves with baskets for your art materials.
Who says it has to be a permanent space, either? You can use shelving and rolling carts to come up with an inspiring art studio at home.
Every artist has something that turns on his or her creativity. So, take time to find yours and make the best out of it. Whether you like working in a messy place or a tidy one, ensure that the dedicated art space is just how you love it.
If you want an orderly studio, make sure you buy or make shelves or other storage tools. If you like storing your work as opposed to hanging it, ensure that you have large drawers, racks and any other item that your storage requirements demand.
No matter the size of your art studio, you should have the essential tools for success. Most artists require basic supplies with minimal variations. For instance, brushes, ink and other drawing materials are a requirement.
An artist has an array of storage options. Shelves and old bookcases are ideal storage units while milk crates are lightweight and versatile. You can always hang your work on the walls in case you have no extra storage room. Use separate containers for writing, drawing and painting instruments.
Tins and mason jars can serve as perfect storage spaces. Open containers are the best because your tools will be easily accessible and visible at all times. Ensure that you have enough containers so that your creative tools have enough space. That way you don't have to waste time looking for the right pens in an overstuffed mug or take a lot of time finding the right marker.
Now that you don't have an entire room at your disposal, you should make good use of the little space you have available. One way of doing that is making vertical storage your best friend. Use all the height you can.
Install racks, cubbies and shelves to the ceiling. If you go very high, make sure you have a stool to step on so that you can reach the things at the top. Pegboards are ideal because they will enable you to take advantage of walls as storage without protruding into the space as shelves would.
Some artists work on one project at a time while others have 10 different things that need to be completed. Whichever way you work, make sure you clear off your work surface to stay safe from accidental damage. 2D art is the easiest to store because you can place it on the shelves. For 3D projects, having a large rack or a container is ideal.