3 Tips to Get Your Studio Ready for Spring

A still life painting by Juan Sanchez Cotan.

A still life painting by Juan Sanchez Cotan.

It is still super chilly in my neck of the woods, but spring has technically sprung, so what better time to get ourselves and our art ready for the lovely months ahead? We’ve definitely earned it after a dreary winter, so here are 3 tips to get your studio set for all the spring painting, drawing, and art-making that you will be embarking upon.

Choose, Purge, and Let It Go!

It might be tedious or difficult when you are in the process, but weeding through your brushes, paints, old works, and the myriad art stuff that we all seem to collect in our studio spaces is really helpful in the long run. You can assess what you actually have, find forgotten supplies, pay forward things you no longer need, and clear away the cobwebs (the mental ones and the ones that might be clinging to the corners of the room) to make way for what you’ll be working on in the next few months. Who knows, maybe something during this process will inspire you in a whole new direction.

Wall Yourself In

I’m not advocating closeting yourself in your studio, no worries! But I do think it is rewarding and helpful to surround yourself with inspirations—visual, auditory, and otherwise—that spur your creativity. Looking around my studio space, I have quotes that I love, cutouts of artworks that I aspire to, and Motown tunes that get me in the mood to work (and groove!). Keep the things that inspire you close by. They can be a boon when you hit a rough patch when working.

Change Your Perspective

Do you notice how sometimes when you are in a certain room that you do the same things you always seem to do in that room? Snack in the kitchen, watch movies in the living room, take a nap in the bedroom, and so on? If your studio has become a place where you go but don’t feel inspire to create art—or a place where you go less and less—consider changing up the arrangement of the room. A new perspective could be the key to breaking through whatever has been blocking you.

What are you doing to get your studio and yourself ready for spring? Share your tips in the comments section below. Can’t wait to hear! Plus, sharing your tips enters you automatically into our Spring Cleaning Contest, where you could win the Zentangle Untangled Ultimate Collection. Give your studio the spring it deserves and start with sharing your plans and tips now through April 9 to win! Enjoy!

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To enter the contest, leave a comment below and share your studio spring “cleaning” tip. At 11 a.m. Eastern time on April 9, 2014, our panel of judges will pick one winner for best tip from the entered comments. Check back on April 10 to see if you’ve won. The Contest begins on April 4, 2014 and ends April 9, 2014, 10:59 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”). Due to the variety of rules regulating contests worldwide, we can only select winners from entrants that are U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), 18 years old or older at the time of entry; and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). For more information on the parameters of the contest, please see our contest rules page.

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About Courtney Jordan

For Courtney, editor of Artist's Network, art is one of life’s essentials. Presenting art techniques to you from trusted instructors and creators as well as adding her own voice to the mix about her own (sometimes blooper worthy!) art endeavors is what she loves best. She writes about everything from Old Master painting and techniques to how to troubleshoot a painting gone wrong. She is always looking for ways to make more of her studio time, too, working in mixed media.

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