An Alternative to the Home Art Studio
Not all of us have the space in our homes to make an artist’s studio. And for those of us who create seasonal art, or exercise a variety of mediums such as pottery, glass, paints, quilts, or furnishings, having space for our supplies and tools is vital to our craft. One simple solution is to visit www.usstoragesearch.com and find an acceptable storage unit near your home where your supplies are readily available in a neat and orderly manner.
Protecting your Investment
Artist supplies and project pieces can be very expensive. Storing them correctly will help protect your investment. If you paint, you know all too well how expensive good canvases are, and how susceptible they are to moisture. Purchase some large plastic airtight tubs for storing your canvases. These plastic tubs will lock out the moister to ensure the integrity of the canvasses. But if you design furnishings, or re-purpose old furniture, you may want to get a storage unit with climate control—especially if you live near the ocean, as salt in the air will reek havoc on wood. And with a climate-controlled unit, there is no need to store items in plastic tubs. In an article by Drawing Professor, the author states that it is important to protect artwork not only from moisture, but also from extreme heat and light. The author states that excessively dry conditions can also be harmful. Although you can buy plastic tubs to keep moisture out, it seems like the best investment may be to opt for a climate controlled unit—especially if you have furniture or bulkier pieces that are harder to individually protect.
Be sure to use a portfolio case for transporting drawings. Do not lay them between pieces of cardboard, as cardboard causes wear and discoloration. Wrapping individual pieces in bubble wrap is another acceptable way of transporting art work, as it serves as a barrier that will prevent art works form rubbing against each other.
Once you have your arm materials and works of art ready to place in the unit, be sure to form a structured layout. For example, make a walkway that runs down the center of the unit so you can access the items in the back. Be sure to put all pottery and glass projects in one area separate from paintings nd wall hangings. This will make it much easier when you go to look for specific items. Also, be sure to take an inventory on paper stating what you have, and how many of each item. This will help you keep track of materials and will ensure that when it comes time for you to finish that restoration project, that you know exactly what you have, and what items you need to purchase to complete the piece.
Your Creative Space
When you find the right storage unit, you can also find a studio. As many of these units have electricity, and offer a clean, well-lit space, you may even be able to enjoy using your potter’s wheel on site in the unit. Just be sure you are not violating any rules. Lay plastic out to protect the floor and walls from spills, and it should be fine with management. But do your research, and find a unit that meets the demanding needs of your life’s passion, and that will protect and guard your artwork in a safe, secure manner.