OK, so you know the score. You’re in the supermarket, you buy a jar of jam, or a bag of flour, only to find when you get home, you already have several of each languishing in the back of a badly organised pantry cupboard…
Well, the same thing works with art materials. It’s fair to say I know the colours I like, so when I’m at the art shop and think I must need to top up supplies, I end up buying the very same colours over again, when I still have some at home.
They all end up open at once, drying out and taking up space!
1. Organise your art supplies so that similar things are together. Baskets, plastic boxes, up-cycled sweetie tubs are all great containers for paints, pastels and notions. Sort them by type and if you are really knee-deep, by colour too!
2. Arrange things nicely. Now I realise this sounds like a class 1 procrastination activity, but honestly, if your materials look attractive and are easy to get to, then you’ll be more tempted to use them.
3. Use your stuff! Don’t keep art materials for best. Lots of paints just don’t keep. Once opened they’ll start to dry up in their tubes and bottles, oil pastels and Markal can get dry and brittle. When you’ve spent good money on materials, be sure to use them in their prime.
Get organised – make it pretty – use it up!
Bye for now,