I have a tendency to indulge in art supplies. To amass excess things I may never use and keep them indefinitely. This makes my art studio impressive but overwhelming. To top it off, I lost my studio space with the birth of my son almost two years ago. So, I began to ask myself, “How do I make art with my entire studio in storage?”
It is said the most complicated skill is to keep it simple. But, I hear it’s also the most rewarding. Like being able to carry an entire art studio wherever I choose. Simple? Simple like being able to have my entire art studio wherever I want? That question forced me to redefine my idea of art “studio”. I’ll admit that I’m just not that good at the organizing with my 18 month old, but my goodness, how do I purge myself of my requirements to make art?
I recall that many master artists sketched in watercolor paints and that seemed like less baggage. Since, I needed to get my art-studio into as small a space as possible — a minimalists’ studio, if you will, I wanted something easy to carry in the pocket of my car door kind of studio or in the magazine rack next to my favorite chair.
I began, like many of us do, with a prebuilt watercolor traveler set. But even my much loved American Journey Voyager set seems, at times, too much. And when I look at my palette, I only really use a few of those colors anyway – a red, a yellow, a blue, a flesh tone, a quinacridone gold and black. 6 colors. At three-quarters of a pound that’s a lot of excess weight.
Could I make this even smaller? Like the tiny house craze, my goal had become de-cluttering and reducing my everyday art studio.
So with a couple of items… I’m de-cluttered and ready to bring my studio anywhere.
Cheap Joe’s Nomad Tins make for a perfect palette.
Some empty watercolor pans filled with my colors of choice.
Magnetic tape makes it easy to switch out my palette with other loved colors.
A trusted travel brush and a pencil for applying marks.
You can still have your studio. And maybe you’ll say, “this is just one more thing to add to my binging on art supplies.” Fine. It’s just that one more thing. But it’s that one more thing that takes up practically no space in my carry-on. One more thing that gives me a creative outlet which provides me peace of mind.