A Paper Surprise Leads to Art Studio Storage Plans

So, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I had decided I had enough paper and other ephemera and I was going to weed out my stash . . . until I discoveredRebekah Meier's fusible paper method.

box of paper
Hmmm…who could this be from?

Well, no sooner did that post hit the Internet than I received a mysterious and intriguing package. When I opened it, I discovered a plethora of papers in shades of red and turquoiseone of my very favorite color combinations.

The artful card inside revealed that my benefactor was none other than Linda Blinn: favorite artist, editor of Studios magazine, fellow Red Sox fanatic, email wisecracker, and aficionada of all things red and turquoise. She found out I love that combo, too, so she shared some of her wealth with me.

art studio organization
Lisa Congdon's art studio.
Studios, Spring 2012

Love, love that girl.

Right now I'm not too worried about where to put this new sheaf of wonderfulness, because I'm too busy fondling it. My imagination is running wild as I think of how I will incorporate the French writing and bookplate tissue into many wonderful (I hope) works of art.

But eventually I'm going to have to store this new stash, and here again, Linda waves her magic fairy wand over my life. Because the Spring 2012 issue of Studios has organization and storage ideas (and eye candy) galore.

art studio organization
Paper storage at Teahouse Studio.
Studios, Spring 2012

A perfect example of a creative environment and organization to match can be seen in the article on Teahouse Studio, the Berkeley, California, art and workshop space developed by Mati Rose McDonough, Stefanie Renee, and Tiffany Moore. It's full of color, inspiration, and playfulness. Mati Rose and her fellow artists store rolls of paper in colorful baskets.

I also keep going back to Thespoena McLaughlin's Arkansas studio that she has personalized and made functional through DIY determination. She uses narrow, flat shelving to house her ephemera. A music cabinet (where sheet music can be stored), would be a great vintage alternative.

Lisa Congdon's graphic and architectural paper and paint studio just makes me smile. But I also love her mesh drawers full of papers. You can see through them, but they're a stylish alternative to plastic.

So now I have a few ideas of where to store my surprise paper stash. Open the Spring 2012 issue of Studios to find your own inspiration for storage, organization, and creativity. Linda has many surprises waiting for you, too!

P.S. Where and how do you store your paper stash? Leave your comment below.

Categories

Blog

Comment