Thursday, August 29, 2013

Storage and Organization

If you're like me, you are constantly looking for ways to improve your creative work flow.   My creative center is a large corner computer desk and printer stand unit located in a corner of our bedroom.  What started out as a painting corner has now evolved to incorporate art journals, mixed media and paper crafting of all sorts!  The desk unit has adopted a three-tiered, 3-drawer 12x12 scrapbook paper organizer (which holds more than paper) and a 5-shelf bookshelf, plus two multi-bin storage caddy's ( the type used by our gentlemen in their garage! lol).  Additionally, I've had to get extra brush caddies for both watercolour and acrylic brushes along side my oil brushes.  It seems that I am constantly reorganizing things as my supplies and materials stash grow.

Watching my friend Jean demonstrate building a desk organizer on her U-Stream The Musical Scrapper recently, gave me an idea for a special need I had.

My Prismacolour Pencil collection has been a constant source of fuss because, for ease of use, it requires the colours to be separated by family.  I had four connected cubes, with separators inside, but for some time, its heaviness made it difficult to lift and turn around to get at colours in the two cubes at the back. I, hopefully, today have solved the problem.

I started with a small lazy-susan, added pretty paper covering to tubes made from light cardboard and attached each tube to the other, at the sides, for stability and strength.

The center tub is a larger clear plastic container, gesso'd white and covered with a coordinating paper.  It remains as a stand-alone unit, holding all my drawing supplies as well as my Prisma blending tools, Gamsol, etc.

Since I like to sit in my easy chair at night and colour, this will hopefully be a more workable solution.  :-)  I hope my idea, sparked from Jean's organizer, will spark something for you too!


  1. Pure genius, Von! And I love that you covered the tubes with pretty paper! Taking time to make your "surroundings" pretty (no matter how small the area) makes creating there just that much more fun! It sounds like you really have created a small "studio" in the corner of your bedroom. Well done, Sistah! ;-)

  2. Thank you Kay! Keeping organized down to the final square inch of space is mandatory when one's creativity is contained in a small area. lol I haven't been doing this very long but combining it with my ability to paint in oils yet gives me the best of every creative world ... I so love what we do and how we do it!! (((hugs))) and Happy Holiday Weekend to you and yours!!

  3. good ideas Von and love the lazy susan idea i have a plastic one so im going to now look for tube thingies lol
    hugz bev

    1. Thank you Bev! Glad you like it and I hope it works for you too. Just a note about the stand-alone tub in the center ... I had initially wondered if I wouldn't eventually want to attach it for additional strength for the outer circle of tubes ... but it works so brilliantly for those times I just want to sketch and the tubes are completely happy on their own, so it stays unlinked. :-D


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