We finally have full use of our garage and it is mostly organized. My 4 x 6 foot work table is set up and cleaned off, and I have started painting on it. It may become my new work area!
To begin with the black drawers were just for heavy body paints. Now I have two and they are used for all pigments; fluids, heavy body, and powdered. Acrylic inks are stored on top. Each drawer contains a color; the first six are reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples. The second six are whites, blacks-grays-browns, metallics, interference colors, glitter paints, and powdered pigments.
The little cabinet, on which the black drawers rest, contains supplies like sketchpads, mats, bigger containers and palettes, a hair dryer, and other less used mediums that wouldn't fit on the rack. I like having my drawers of paint up higher so that they are easily accessible.
The white drawers and the lower black drawers contain miscellaneous tools, such as hammers, screwdrivers, spare containers, unused brushes, framing supplies, varieties of tapes, scissors and other cutting implements, and accumulations of this and that.
The yellow table is really a cabinet for a sewing machine, but I use it to hold my brushes and on occasion used it to hold my palette. Now it sits beside the drawing table holding even more glasses, cups, and vases filled with brushes, palette knives, and color shapers sorted by size and/or shape. There is no room on the table for much else.
Another handy item I use that is barely seen on the drawing table is a horizontal paper holder which I use to put small artworks that are drying, or small paintings stacked that may or may not be finished, and pieces of parchment paper with acrylic skins stored for later use.
I also have a larger clothes drying rack that I use to allow bigger paintings to dry when freshly loaded with gels, pastes or other mediums. I haven't had that out lately. Below is a picture from the 2010 studio.
The white bookcase to the right is used to store paintings of 16 x 20, 12 x 24, and smaller. In the picture it is shown holding about a hundred small paintings/canvases. Behind the bookcase are about a hundred or so larger canvases. This picture was taken while they were all in a bunch during the renovation shuffle we endured last year.
The picture below shows more clearly the IKEA cabinet I use for canvas storage. Currently, it holds paintings from 24 x 24 to 30 x 36. Bigger paintings and others that don't fit elsewhere just have to lean against a wall for now.
Without a proper studio, I have work, supplies, and accessories stored all over the house and garage. It is very helpful to be organized! I would enjoy hearing about your personal art storage solutions if you would like to share them in the comments below.