An art studio can easily get messy. Over the years, I've found that art storage supplies are key to a clean studio. However, art supply stores are not the best source for either art supplies or art supply storage…
Depending on your art media (paint, wood, textile, etc.), art supply stores are often much pricier than stores that cater to non-artists. Here is my short list of handy art studio storage items and sources:
• Painting rags, large brushes, buckets, and tools are well-priced at hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes.
• Inexpensive kitchen carts make for handy art tables.
• Matching bins and containers are great for organizing art materials. I prefer the clear kind so I can see inside. See this post on Sources for Matching Containers
• Cutlery trays from the dollar store are an easy way to store brushes, paint tubes, nails and other small materials.
• Glass food jars are great for storing mixed paint and brushes.
• For storing paper, flat files and cabinets are best. See this extensive list of options
Mat recently shared Sources for Online Art Supplies: New & Used
. I would also recommend Jerry's Artarama
and Dick Blick
, both of which offer frequent discounts and sales for new supplies.
What are your favorite art supply stores and storage ideas?
Image: Before & After: A Cluttered to Clean Art Studio Overhaul