ART STUDIO {Part 2: Studio Tour}

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Hello, dears!

AHHHH I am SO excited about this post! Finally, after many months of working on my studio, I am ready to unveil the (almost) finished product! πŸ˜€ I absolutely LOVE it, and I hope you guys do too! If you need a refresher on what the studio looked like before (hint: it was a closet), click here to see part one.

Now. Walk right this way, please… And here we are!Β Won’t you step inside?

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*grins* TA-DAAA!

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AHHH I LOVE IT! Let me give you a tour, shall I? My lens wasn’t good enough to get both walls in the frame completely, so you can’t see the right wall (below) very well in the previous pictures.

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Anyway, I bought three inexpensive LED light strands from Walmart as well as some miniscule wooden clothespins, and up hung quotes and photos with them. Unfortunately since the lights are battery powered, each strand is attached to a bulky, heavy battery case which was REALLY hard to hang on the wall. I finally got it to work by tacking up the cord on each side.

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I love these quotes from one of my pen pals and blogger friends, the amazing Clara!

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Next, turn yourself to the left wall…

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And let’s start with the bookcase. I bought this from Ikea, and although it was a little bigger than I had hoped, it works quite well for storing my art and craft books, old sketchbooks and Bible journals, planners, notebooks, etc. And camera lenses. πŸ˜‰

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Well that was quick. Now look up a bit.

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Do you like my painting? πŸ˜€ I got three 18″X24″ canvases from Hobby Lobby, pushed them together and painted a single scene across all of them, and then spread the canvases out for interest and to make it longer. πŸ™‚ I’m really happy with how it turned out! It’s not perfect, especially the background (it’s SO hard not to get a streaky gradient with acrylic paint!), but I still love it. It sure adds a pop of color to the very white space!

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Now we’re ready for my desk. *rubs hands* As I told you guys before, we accidentally ordered the wrong size of desk top from Ikea, but I ended up keeping it because I love the work area. I got the bookshelf partly to hide the gap since the drawers didn’t go all the way back to the wall, and it worked quite well!

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On the back of my desk from left to right, we have my Bible, Bible journal, and bullet journal between a ceramic plant from Hobby Lobby and a desk lamp from Walmart; a super cute mug from my friend Aria with miscellaneous art supplies; three jars containing my Prismacolor pencils; and my sketchbook and watercolors. The chair, which is adjustable and which I love, is from Amazon. Unfortunately I can’t find it in clear anymore, but here’s a clear gray.

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Not sure if this will be interesting or boring, but this is what I have in my desk drawers. πŸ˜‰ In the top, I have pen pal stuff – a gorgeous notebook from Walmart, some stamps, envelopes, and wax sealing kit.

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In the second drawer I have my washi tape and stickers. Oh yeah! I’m pretty proud of my washi-tape dispensers. πŸ˜› I cut and filed a thick wooden dowel to fit the drawer and then braced it between two felt chair pads stuck to the sides. It works pretty well!

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I keep random craft supplies in drawer #3. The little tin holds things like paper clips and erasers, in case you were wondering – it’s not chocolate, sadly. XD And nope, the supplies don’t always stay in a nice flat lay like this. XD

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In the next drawer I keep miscellaneous art supplies, like oil and artist’s pastels, watercolor crayons, fabric markers, fine-tip markers, and a pencil bag of crayons and other stuff.

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The bottom drawer contains some of my paper. (The larger watercolor paper pads and scrapbook paper are in the bookshelf.) I keep a tiny notebook for stuff like lists I want to jot down and tear out, and a larger notebook for more permanent things. I also have scrap paper and miscellaneous paper in the back.

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Alrighty, let’s move on to the pegboard which is ALSO from Ikea. Mine holds letters I need to reply to; Bible verse cards; a pencil sharpener; and containers of paintbrushes, Micron pens, brush pens, and pencils. Guys, you should really get that blue pencil sharpener. *nods* It’s only $5 on Amazon and it easily sharpens pencils to an unbelievably fine point! Also, those three art supply holders used to be Tootsie Roll containers, but I watercolored some paper to cover them and attached it with a glue stick and white washi tape. I think they turned out lovely!

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I also made this matching trash can with the same method, except I covered an oatmeal container. πŸ˜€ (By the way, it’s usually on the floor, not on my desk, heh heh.)

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Now turn around to… eh heh, my beautiful storage shelves. The top shelf is mostly polymer clay things; the middle shelf: beads, paint, containers, and Etsy stuff; and the bottom is… kind of just anything else. XD

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One of the “anything elses” on the bottom shelf is this letter organizer I made. I wrapped a shoebox in wrapping paper, attached a pretty hand-lettered label with washi tape, and divided it with cardboard dividers that stay in place by tabs with slits in them. I’m pretty pleased with this too! If you’re looking for some way to organize your many pen-pal letters, you should totally try something like this!

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Welp, that’s JUST about all. Before we finish the tour, though, I just wanted to add a few bonus photos of pretty details. Like this gorgeous plant my friend Aria gave me. I love it so much and it really livens up my studio. ❀ I’m not sure what kind it is, though.

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Heh heh, the colored pencil jars were too pretty to resist. πŸ˜‰

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See how sharp these pencils are?! They’re even sharper than they look when you actually use them! I’ve been waiting to sharpen the colored pencils until I could take pictures, and I finally did… and spent way too long sharpening every single one. XD

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Hmm, these still need to be sharpened, I guess.

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Here I am working at my nice new desk in my nice new studio with a nice new pencil a friend gave me and AHH IT’S GREAT. I’m actually typing this post in my studio right now with the desk lamp and fairy lights on. ❀

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And lastly but not leastly, I must have the before and after pictures, right?

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Oh my! The second one especially is QUITE a change! I much prefer this space as a studio than as a closet, don’t you? πŸ˜‰ I still want to add a couple of things, but for the most part, The Color Box Studio is DONE!

SO GUYS, WHAT DID YOU THINK? Do you love it as much as I do? What was your favorite part? Do you think you’ll try any the DIYs or products I mentioned? What would YOUR dream space look like?

Thank you ever so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!

***Allison***

P. S. This is the LAST WEEK of The Summer Bored Games! You only have a few more days to complete the final set of challenges before we post the winners! πŸ˜€ Check out K. A.’s post here.

 

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87 thoughts on “ART STUDIO {Part 2: Studio Tour}

  1. *Screams in happiness* It’s gorgeous, amazing, fabulous, beautiful, pretty, organized, and just eeekkk! I loved every single bit of it, especially the washi tape (I adore washi tape and have a collection almost as big as yours), the pen-pal files and the bulletin board! Was the little bike quote on there the one I sent you? It’s so pretty! AND AHH, YOUR PAINTING! The minute I saw it I thought it was gorgeous, you are such a talented artist! And wait, the fairy lights with the quotes and pics! *squeals* I adore those and have been wanting to get some *secretly wonders where I should go looking* Thanks so much for sharing this, your studio is absolutely gorgeous, so perfect and it suits you to a tee. πŸ˜€

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    1. HA HA AWW. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR THE LOVELY COMMENT. Yes, the bike quote is from you! ❀ I think it's so cute – thanks again for sending it to me! AWW WHY THANKS. Hee hee, I love the fairy lights too! I got mine at Walmart, but you can probably find some at stores like Hobby Lobby and maybe Home Depot too? And, of course, Amazon. πŸ˜‰
      It was my pleasure, Livy – thank YOU so much for commenting!

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  2. Oh it’s SO GORGEOUS! I can’t wait until I can have my own organized pretty space again. πŸ™‚ We are in the process of switching around the bedrooms in the house so everyone can have our own space and I’m really excited cuz I haven’t had my own room in like almost 2 years. XD
    And I wish I could have a pen pal. I tried with some of my friends, but they always get busy and forget about me so it never lasts very long. :/

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU. WHOA, really? That is super exciting, oh my goodness! The only time I’ve had my own room was when I was the only child (and that didn’t last for long XD). I hope you get your space all set up beautifully!
      Aww, that’s too bad. 😦 I would LOVE to be your pen pal, but I’m afraid that would happen with me too – I mean I’d never forget about you, of course, but I sadly can hardly keep up with my five pen pals as it is. *shakes head* I really hope you can find one, though, dear! ❀ And thanks for the comment!

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      1. Well, I am an only child, but I have roommates, so that’s why I am excited about having my own room again cuz I had one for my whole life really, and I can get stressed out easily without my own organized space. XD
        Wow. Five pen pals IS a lot! XD I don’t blame you.

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        1. Ohhhh okay. Got it. Yeah, I can understand that!
          Ha ha, yeah! I know one or two people that have almost 30, and I’m just like, “HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!” XD

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  3. This isn’t such neat idea, and it looks so cute and pretty! πŸ˜„ I love how simple but bright and inviting it is. I wish I could do this, but we don’t have any extra space. :/ I love the painting you put on the wall, it’s so pretty!!! 😍
    ~Danielle

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    1. Thank youuuu, dear! I love that about it too. ❀ Aww, yeah. That's always the problem, isn't it? :/ Maybe you'll get some extra space one day and can try it out! Also thank you so much – I like the painting too!

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  4. I was so excited to see this post! This isn’t awesome! I love how you organized everything, and how bright and cheery it is! 😊 Great job setting everything upβ€”it’s a lovely studio!

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  5. Oh my word!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! Can I come visit you and see it??? Just kidding! But, IT’S SO WONDERFUL!!! ❀ πŸ˜€ I would be spending all my time in there if I were you! πŸ˜‰
    Also that painting is so pretty, I love it!
    And my friend has that chair πŸ˜›
    And I love those pictures of the colored pencils!! And the pen pal files!!! πŸ˜€
    Overall, it looks amazing, Allison, beautiful job! πŸ˜‰

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    1. AHHHHH THANK YOUUUUU, Liz! I LOVE IT TOO! Heh heh, SURE! Come right on over! πŸ˜€ That would be great. And heh heh, I kind of DO spend all my time in my studio. XD
      Thanks so much! Really? That’s neat! And thank you again, dear!

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  6. OH.MY.WORD. I love this Allison! This is totally my dream now! I have this huge walk in closet that I’m now contemplating turning into a studio…..wait. I can’t do that….I don’t have anywhere else to put my clothes (which only take up like a quarter of the closet. Sheets take up the rest! XD). Ok. I NEED AN ART STUDIO. NOW.
    Anyway, it’s so bright and cheery in there! I especailly love the pen pal files, I have 13-14 penpals (I lost count at 8) so I am so overwhelmed with trying to keep them all organized! You have wonderful taste in organizing. Would you like to come organize my room and closet? XD LOVE IT!!!

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    1. AHHHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, CAILYN! Ooh, really?! Heh heh, YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Oh… shucks. XD Anyway, thank you so much, and I’m glad you liked the pen pal files! WOW that’s a lot of pen pals. O.o I can barely keep up with five! And heh heh, SURE, I’LL BE RIGHT OVER. XD Thanks again for the lovely comment, dear!

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  7. AHHH YAY I HAVE BEEN EAGERLY ANTICIPATING THIS POST! It was definitely worth the wait – your studio is absolutely gorgeous, Allison! ❀ I love everything about it!
    The fairy lights look so pretty, and it made me smile to see my quotes on your wall. πŸ™‚ The geometric wallpaper looks AMAZING with your desk and all of the colorful art supplies, and the painting on the three canvases is incredible! Ahh, the whole studio just looks so bright and cozy. ❀
    Also WOW, I love the "pen pal files" on your storage shelf! That's such a great idea – I just keep all of my pen pal's envelopes mixed up in a container. XD Everything looks so organized! If I had a studio, it would be anything but orderly. πŸ˜›
    Overall, I am very jealous and can't wait to have my own studio one day. XD Yours looks so amazing – I bet it was so fun to decorate! πŸ™‚ Wonderful post!

    -Clara ❀

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    1. Awwwww I’m SO glad to hear that, Clara! THANK YOUUUU.
      Hee hee, I love your quotes on my wall too. ❀ πŸ™‚ YES, doesn't the wallpaper go perfectly? Aww, thank you!
      YES! Thanks! Yeah, I used to have that problem anyway… XD Heh heh, I think you and Megan are similar that way. πŸ˜›
      I hope you DO get to have a studio some day! And ahh yes, it was amazingly fun to decorate. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the great comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  8. OHHH MY WORD I LOOOOOOVE THIS! EEEEEP IT’S SO PRETTY. I LOVE your pegboard. We’re getting one for the barn kitchen but AAHHH YOURS IS SO WELL ORGANIZED AND PRETTY! I am just in love with your studio. MAY I HAVE IT? I would make this comment longer but since we already emailed about some of these things…I’m so glad you love my plant, though! And your pen-pal files box looks GREAT! Everything is just so…aesthetic and organized and altogether WONDERMOUSE.

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    1. AHHHHHH THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH, DEAR! I love it too! I used to not like pegboards, but I think this one is pretty. Weeeellll… HOW ABOUT WE SHARE IT? Heh heh, that’s fine. πŸ˜‰ I sure do love your plant! And d’aww, THANK YOUUUU, DEAR. Heh heh, wondermouse indeed. πŸ˜‰

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  9. OH MY GOODNESS! ITS WONDERFUL! You did an AMZING job!! I love the pen pal files, thats such a great idea! And theres so much washi tape!!!!! I Love washi tape! Thats a perfect spot for natural lighting!

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    1. AHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so glad you like it! Heh heh, I KNOW, RIGHT? I love washi tape too. ❀ And yes, I've taken a bunch of pictures by that window!

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  10. I love it Allison! You did an amazing job. It looks so clean, neat, and aesthetic. I guess my favorite part would have to be the painting. I really like how you used three different canvases. It looks so cool. Again, great job, Allison!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sassafras! Ooh, that’s perfect – just how I wanted it to look. πŸ™‚ Ah yes, I like the painting too! Thanks again, dear!
      P. S. Did you get my email? For some reason it’s not showing up in my sent items… hopefully it still went through? It’s absolutely fine, as always, if you got it but didn’t reply yet, but I wanted to make sure you weren’t wondering if I was ever going to reply. πŸ˜‰

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        1. Oh DEAR! I’m so sorry! Yikes, and I discarded the email on Word document because I thought it sent. *facepalm* However, I might be able to find it in history or something… let me go check.

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        2. OH NO, THERE IS NO HISTORY. IT IS GONE. Ugh. Well, I guess I’ll just start over, and THIS time I’m not going to delete the doc until I get your reply. *sigh*

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  11. *mouth drops open* OH MY GOODNESS, IT LOOKS AMAZING! I love your desk and oooh, I saw my name among your pen pal folders. That reminds me…what with Camp NaNoWriMo and a bit of traveling, I haven’t replied to your or Megan’s letter. o.o I’m sorry, I’ll get work to it right away!

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    1. THANK YOU THANK YOU! Hee hee, you sure did. πŸ˜‰ Oh that’s totally fine, dear. You’re not even close to how long I took to reply to your last letter. *facepalm* I can’t wait to get it, though, whenever you finish it!

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  12. Yay!! How fun!!
    I’m a bit ‘late to the party,’ πŸ˜‰ but I Loved seeing the tour of your art studio! It turned out so lovely and inspiring!
    The windowsill plant is amazing, and your painting turned out so nicely as well. It’s really neat how you used three canvases!
    I did like seeing your drawers ;-), and the washi tape organizer is really cool! Mine are piled inside, and outside, of a plastic container….
    I also have a third drawer for random things, though it looks kind of like a bomb of crafts went off in there. I ought to do a deep clean of my desk. (I just recently, finally cleared the top of it! XD )
    That’s also smart to use an oatmeal container for a trash can, and the pen pal file organizer is really neat!
    Your studio turned out so pretty, and I enjoyed coming along for the tour! πŸ™‚ It’s fun to see how you organized everything so I can hopefully glean some ideas for my desk area πŸ˜€ .
    Have fun enjoying your studio! What a blessing! πŸ˜€
    ~Gracie

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    1. It was!
      Oh, no problem. πŸ˜› I’m so happy you liked my studio!
      Ahhh, it IS! And thanks – I like that too!
      Oh good. πŸ˜€ XD Thanks! Yeah… mine were just piled in a drawer for a while too, but it didn’t work the best… πŸ˜›
      HA HA! Your desk sounds kind of like Megan’s. XD It must be nice to have a clear top of your desk – it sure is for me after I’ve been working on a project.
      Why thanks! I thought it was neat too. πŸ™‚
      Once again, I’m so glad you liked it and the post, and thank you SO much for taking the time to write this lovely long comment, dear. ❀

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH. SO DO IIIII. Heh heh, you do, do you? I nearly forgot to blur the addresses and I was like WAIT. WAIT A MOMENT. XD Phew, I’m glad I caught it. Anyway, hopefully the letter gets to you soon!

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