This week, I’ve been giving you a few glimpses of my true personality. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a background in illustration. Well, we’ve known each other long enough, I think it’s only fair that I show you a few of my paintings before we jump into some art supply storage tips:

Romantic Poetry Book Cover

 Educational Poster on Trumpeter Swans

 Plow & Hearth Catalog Cover and Print

I earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art (a long time ago.)  My major was illustration, I minored in Art Therapy and I took some extra Graphic Design classes for the fun of it. This may or may not explain my attraction to color and some of my painting skills. But, I don’t want any of you to think that because you don’t have an art background you can’t paint. Nah, it’s easy, I try to break everything down into teeny tiny steps for y’all. And, I’m always available to answer your questions if you get stuck.

One of the fun things about being an artist is finding new and unique ways to hold and display your art supplies. (Or perhaps being on a starving artist’s budget forced me to be resourceful and thrifty!) Here are some of the ways that I keep our (my kids’ and mine) supplies at hand:

A set of baking canisters nicely corral my ever-growing collection of paint brushes and palette knives.

An old cash box became a great paint storage caddy once I took out the plastic tray inside.

My newest storage for colored pencils is in an old rusty cheese grater. The kids can easily see and pull out the colors they want to use next.

Before I found the cheese grater, I used to store them in glass jars.

Source: Bella Pamella

I scoured Pinterest to find some other creative ways to store art supplies and here are some more great ideas!

I love this idea with drink glasses on a wine rack. It reminds me of the pen display at the art supply store.

Source: My Case Studies

This three tiered tray is a colorful and space saving solution to storing loose art supplies.

Source: The Crafting Chicks

Ballpark plastic cups become a wall of pen and marker storage. Two holes are punched into the back of the cups, then secured with zip ties through the cup and the pegboard.

Source: Somethings Hiding in Here

Have an empty back of your door? (Heaven forbid!) Utilize that valuable space to store supplies in a clear hanging shoe organizer.

Source: Something to Do

I love old wooden crates. This soda crate works beautifully to hold and display all your art supplies.

Source: Shade Stone Home

I’ve seen all types of storage uses for the IKEA Bygel bar. Kristy used it to hold art supplies on a chalkboard wall.

Source: Libbie Grove Design

Make your own supply caddy with recycled aluminum cans and a board. Directions to create this caddy can be found here.

Source: Martha Stewart

Donna shared how she created this simple pencil holder out of a scrap of 2×4 wood.

Source: Funky Junk Interiors

I hope you found some of these ideas helpful! I will be renovating my studio (a space you haven’t seen yet) at some point and I think I’ll be incorporating one or two of these ideas. You can never how too much art supply storage!

 

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