Setting Up Your Painting Studio

There are certain things you will need for setting up your art studio at home. The first thing is a place to paint. Every beginning artist seems to think they can bring out everything and scatter it onto the kitchen table, set up an easel, and start to learn painting. This is great for a day or two.

If you want to continue pursuing an art career or painting hobby, you need a place to keep everything up and ready to go. This way, any time you feel inspired all you need to do is pick up a brush and start painting.

There are some basic things you will need for your studio or work area. The first of which is a table. Many times it is actually nice to have this be a desk with drawers. You can store extra supplies in the drawers for easy access.

You will also want an easel. There are some artists who are comfortable with painting on a flat surface. Most prefer the canvas at eye level. This means supporting it somehow. An easel is the easiest way to accomplish this. I have found that two or more easels are necessary. This makes it more accommodating to work on more than one piece at a time.

You can choose from a table easel or a full standing easel. The table easel is good for someone who is limited in their ability to stand. It allows them to sit with the canvas at a comfortable level. Both types of easels are adjustable so the canvas can be raised or lowered accordingly.

Some artists have a set of shelves or shelving unit to store extra canvases, brushes, and other paint supplies. You can also keep completed paintings vertical and free from damage with an adjustable storage unit which allows the paintings to stand.

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One word of advice, never store turpentine, linseed oil, or other mediums of this type on the same shelves you store your completed work. Accidents have been known to happen. Should one of these bottles spill onto your work it could be ruined for good.

Beside your work easel, you will want to have a small table or cart. This will allow you to keep the items you need to complete the art work. You never know when you may need another dab of paint on your palette.

You will also be able to set the palette down on a surface which will not be damaged if paint gets on it. Believe me when I say the paint does not only go on the canvas.

You will need a good supply of clean rags. Also necessary is a bucket or coffee can for clean up. You will most likely need many more than one, just to let you know. Jars work too, but can create a big mess when one falls and breaks. Metal cans are actually safer in the studio. Many an artist has gotten lost in their creation and backed right into a shelf or table, knocking everything down.

One of the most important things is a good lighting system. You will want to be able to see your painting in full light. This will allow you to see how the paint is going on the canvas. It will also make it possible to see the true colors you are using. The brighter lights should be set up by the easel. The more conventional lighting should be placed by the subject.

Once you have this all set up you are ready for the supplies.

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