I decided to organize my workspace and now everything has a place and I can't seem to find my ideas. I know that probably sounds a little crazy. I should be able to work in a clean and neat space but I really like having everything out to see so that I feel I can just pick up something instead of having to look in a drawer or container for the papers, markers, paints or anything else I might need. My husband thinks this is the perfect way to work and says that it looks wonderful but after the 2nd day straight that I can't think of a thing to paint, I think I need to mess it up a little.
My table is a drafting table that my aunt Jean gave me years ago when she and my uncle Guy were moving to Israel to begin mission work. I love using it because when I was little I always wanted a "Artist Table" like Aunt Jean's. I would have never thought that one day I would end up with it in my own house, but here it is. I have my old pencil sharpener that I found one day at out local Goodwill, it was only $3.89 and it has been better than any that I could have bought new, it is made of metal and not plastic like most new ones are today. I have an odd assortment of colored pencils and markers, My favorite being the Faber-Castle brush pens. I use them for most of my line work.
On the top of my table I have a lot of drawings, by me and other artist, and I protect them with a clear Plexiglas sheet. I can see through it but I don't have to worry about them getting messed up.
I found a old box lid from a decorative box that has long been gone and I use it for my paints, backgrounds and other things that I seem to use often. I like that it has a pretty pattern on it and it adds a little bit more color to the table. My pens, markers and pencils that I use the most are stored in a wodden box that I think orginally packaged candles, or maybe it was tea, who knows. I have a large 7 drawer storage unit with a smaller 3 drawer unit on top. That is where my pencial sharpener has landed for the time being. I also have a couple of pieces of pattery that my daughters painted for me a few years ago and I love that I have something they created for the to see when I am working. They love to work with me when they have finished their homework. Magnets are their new favorite things to make. We use crayon boxes and advertisement magnets and they glue pattern paper to the printed side and cut shapes out and then draw or paint on them before putting a magnet on the back.