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Organizing Art Supplies

It’s so much easier to create when you can grab what you need effortlessly. Before I stared all this stuff was just tossed on the tray. It was hunting and searching for the pen I wanted or the color of paint. And it was always on the bottom of the pile. So I decided to get this mess organized!

The triangles are made out of watercolor paper and cut with an Eileen Hull die and now I can instantly see everything. No more hunting and searching!

The great thing about creating this yourself, is you can use as many or as few as you want in your tray, box, or drawer! It’s totally customizable to fit your needs.

Of course, they could stay white, but they can also be whatever color you want! I went with blues and greens on the gel plate. Why the Gel Press plate? So that I could do it quickly and have each one unique!

This is just like kindergarten when we would line up shortest to tallest. Tall art supplies in the back, short in the front and it makes it a whole lot easier to grab what you need!

If you’re looking for more art organization tips and tricks for art supplies, check out my studio tour.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!

There are two dies by Eileen Hull listed below, the one I used is discontinued but she has another – it has a scalloped edge, but you just need to cut that off to do this project.

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  • Marliese January 28, 2022, 5:43 pm

    Loved your organization video.

  • Stef January 28, 2022, 6:38 pm

    I saw this on your IG I think it was, and thought how absolutely brilliant 👏 I struggle with organizing constantly (don’t we all!?) esp the odd-sized or things I don’t have multiples of. ❤️ it!

  • maureen bartling January 28, 2022, 6:45 pm

    Hi Carolyn, Your studio is gorgeous and looks like fun. I love the bakers racks, and the J hooks . Thanks for sharing. We can never be too organized!

  • Sharyl+Peterson January 28, 2022, 8:40 pm

    This is simply BRILLIANT, lady! Fortunately (or unfortunately), my many tubes/bottles/etc. of paints are pretty well-organized. What I really need a good DIY plan for is a way to organize ink-pads. My dear husband did buy me two twin towers for Christmas, but they don’t hold enough ink-pads for my needs. And, being frugal, very very frugal, as well as retired and on an abbreviated income, don’t really want to spend another $20/tower for more. It would be just great if you’d come up with a build-it-yourself system for ink-pad storage!!! Thanks, S.Peterson (one of your Colorado fans)

  • Marilyn Haskins February 3, 2022, 11:38 am

    Hi, I have an Art Studio that needs a lot of work. You have inspired me with the tour of your workspace. I absolutely loved the J hooks idea. I can’t wait to implement some of these ideas. If you have any other hacks for storage I would love to see them. I have a small building with limited space so I need to use every inch that I can. Thanks