Tuesday, 18 March 2014

My Creative Space

I have had quite a few of my friends and family request a sneak peek into my creative space..
Let me say that it has just been re-organised for the umpteenth time..and actually does not look a lot different from maybe, an office space, except for what is on the open shelves.

This is IT .. !! My work space.. When we renovated the home, I wanted a space with a Bay window. So had to sacrifice an area for a balcony. We r on the first floor. But I don't regret it.  I have a granite slab on the desk. I asked for open shelving above . 


Above the shelves, is a good storage space. The top shelf contains a lot of my beads in the transparent boxes, wires and other supplies. It also has my Cold Porcelain clay, and display stands.  The second shelf has my supply of Acrylic paint jars, Paint brushes and seed bead collection. I have not used a lot of store bought storage. The tiny glass jars are empty acrylic jars that I have cleaned and re-used .  The boxes at the end contain my sculpting tools, blades and various cutters. 



The jars of paint that I use now.. as you can see, this is something I cannot resist. I have near;y every shade. The ones I have kept upside down, are normal colors. The row of jars in the center are silk fabric paints. The jars with metallic tints are metallic powders . And those kept right-side up, make up the last two rows are pearl metallic colors. 



Thankfully, I thought of a pull-out board to work on, and it has proven invaluable! I do not have to move the laptop to work.  The left side of my work desk has draws, while the other is a door . It holds two shelfs which is where I keep my hoard of all the art and craft books. 


My collection of color pencils ! Actually more than half are my daughter's discarded pencils. When she gets a new box , the others are 'not useful' ..so I get them .. Lucky me ... !

The first draw has more painting stuff and stationery. Oils, color pencils, sketch pens, calligraphy pens, pastels.. Believe it or not, they were actually organized, but within an hour my daughter decided she wanted to borrow the red scissors , and... :P !!
 I had no energy to do this again.  There are two more draws. the second contains my jewelry pliers, cutters, ring mandrel and such stuff . And the last one has my sewing tools and camera and tablet accessories.  



Lastly, the draw beneath the window seat. I keep my drawing papers - A3 size in this ..and stuff like sandpaper and my glue gun. The small doors on either side have my measuring cups and bowls that I use to make my Cold Porcelain. 
... SO now, my space is organized, and everything is in it's place. The 'before' picture can be seen HERE.  Now comes the tough part !! Keeping it just so !! I hope you like it.

I am sending the link of this post to Sharyl with my apologies .. !!




13 comments:

  1. You did a great job reorganizing it! I agree, half the battle is keeping it neat!!!

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  2. Swpna, I'm so glad you sent me the link to your updated post! You've really done an impressive job of organizing your supplies and making the most of your beautiful work space. I wish I could arrange my desk as you have. My desk is too high, so the laptop must sit on the pull-out drawer....which makes it difficult to make the best use of the desk space behind my computer. I end up piling beads all around my computer.... which then roll off to the floor. Dear me!

    I like how your space is a neutral color, it's very calming. Then there are these wonderful, inspiring blasts of color with your paints and pencils, etc.! What a nice creative work space you have! Thanks again for sharing! --Sharyl

    P.S. I apologize, when I went to post your comment on my blog, I must have accidentally hit delete instead because I'm not getting it show up in comments on my page. I'll add a note to the comments indicating your update!

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    1. No worries, Sharyl.. anyway, you were the force behind my motivation.. I was anal while designing this space because it was a dream come true.. Everything was measured and worked out so I could enjoy it as I much as possible.. I really understand how frustrating it can get when things like cramped space affect your creativity ... Thanks again for your Clean up challenge :)

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  3. What a beautiful space! I love the bay window and seat. You did a great organizing job. Thank you for sharing it to keep me motivated!

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    1. Thank you, Ann.. I am very glad to hear I motivated someone.. :)

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  4. Done it again - lost my comment. Thanks for posting this Swapna, getting inspired to do a bit of organizing myself!

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    1. Thanks..can't wait to see your post ..:)

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  5. Checchi, from the time I saw ur renovated home, I keep saying my hubby that we need to have a space like the one you have in out TOBE constructed house, thanks for the pic. Have saved it. I think you also need to post the way you have designed ichu's room giving her a wall to paint around.

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  6. Checchi, from the time I saw ur renovated home, I keep saying my hubby that we need to have a space like the one you have in out TOBE constructed house, thanks for the pic. Have saved it. I think you also need to post the way you have designed ichu's room giving her a wall to paint around.

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    1. Thank you ..I am wondering who you are ..:)

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  7. you have done a lovely job with both the design, and now reorganizing!
    My current studio is a little dining nook off my kitchen! mostly paint there, draw anywhere; and often sit on the floor when Beading (all hobby!)

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    1. Been there, done that :) and that is exactly why I used to dream of having my own space :) Sometimes, between projects, i love to have a few things out.. stashing them to clear the space would mean sometimes leaving things half way...

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