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Author: Surinder Shanker Anand Level: Beginner | Intermediate Tags: Home Art Studio | Set up an Art Studio | How to set up Visual Art Studio

Setting up an art studio in your home gives you inspiration and space to your creativity.

1. Space

Dedicate a room or a corner of the room, and convert it into your personal art studio.

2. Drawing Board

Drawing board provides smooth, flat surface needed for sketching and painting. In order to protect the soft surface of the drawing board, tape a permanent base paper on the drawing board, which is known as backing sheet. Drawing sheet for art work is fixed on the drawing board either using clamps, masking tape or drawing pins.

3. Table

Drawing board can either be mounted on easel or on an adjustable table with variable height and angle. Ergonomic chair with pneumatic height control, with back shells, with footrest and wheel casters is best of long sitting sessions. Designate a side table to keep currently used art material on the side of your working hand.

4. Power Outlet

Table should be kept near the power outlets, so that electrical devices such as table lamp, computer, music system, hair dryer and other accessories can get the power. You can also use an extension cord, which has multiple power outlets.

5. Storage

Art supplies can be categorized, stored and managed in boxes, and boxes racks can be stored in the racks.

6. Computer / Tablet

For reference, you can use large monitor, connected to your computer or laptop, which can be kept at an eye level and on the opposite side of the working hand. Computer allows you to flip through the multiple reference photos, with zoom in facility to check the minor details.

7. Light

White colour on the walls should be preferred as they reflect the light and allows colour to have its natural tint and hue. Studio should have plenty of natural light to illuminate everything evenly. Other way to regulate the amount of light with three to four 125 watts full-spectrum Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs, which can be positioned at various angles on your working desk. Main source of light should opposite to the working hand, so that no shadow is encountered during the art process. Swirl arm and adjustable table lamp is best to focus light on the working table.

8. Ventilation

If studio practice involves the use of toxic chemicals, choose a space that has plenty of ventilation. Alternatively, obtain an exhaust fan to blow out the toxic smell, fumes and gases.

9. Water

Studio should have easy access to a water source and with a sink, which is required for cleaning the watercolour brushes, colour palette and cleaning hands etc.

10. Environment

Pep up studio’s environment with background music, incense and inspiring artworks.

11. Art Supplies

Depending upon your medium, you will need to select art supplies.

List of common art supplies


Must have art supplies are highlighted in Pink color -

  • Drawing board or clip board
  • A4 size, smooth (no texture) / plate / hot press, 100+ GSM sketching drawing pad such as Fabriano Accademia 200 GSM or Shipra or Matrix sketch pads
  • Five A4 bond sheets
  • Staedtler Mars Technnico 2 mm lead holder or 2 mm Camlin lead pencil
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph HB, 2B and 4B pencils
  • Staedtler Mars lead pointer
  • Zero number sand paper or sand block
  • Mechanical pencil with 0.5 MM lead
  • Conte Pierre Noire 1710 B or Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100-8B pencil
  • Charcoal pencil, soft and medium
  • Staedtler wood pencil sharpener
  • Knead / putty eraser
  • Staedtler Mars plastic Eraser or Apsara non dust vinyl eraser
  • Staedtler Mars plastic eraser holder with pencil type eraser
  • Blender i.e. stump and tortillions
  • Soft flat mop, flat bristol and large filbert / round brush
  • Transparent plastic scale 12 inches
  • Cello transparent tape
  • Micron 0.1 black pen
  • Fixative spray for graphite and charcoal
  • Half inch masking tape
  • Folding blade
  • Tombow round mono zero pencil eraser
  • Graphite powder
  • Luna Staedtler 48 color pencils set
  • Adjustable tripod easel

  • Camlin artist Acrylic colors
  • Camlin Golden, Silver and Copper acrylic colors
  • Mounted canvas board
  • Assorted soft brush set - round, flat and 1 inch flat mop
  • Masking tape
  • Flower stencils
  • Favibond
  • Shipikar 6 packs
  • Disposable plates
  • Disposabel glasses
  • Paper napkin
  • White texture
  • Small painting knife
  • Tracing paper A2 or A1 size
  • Clear gloss fixative
  • Easel
  • Watercolours
  • Canson watercolor paper, 300 GSM
  • Assorted soft brush set - round, flat and 1 inch flat mop
  • Masking fluid
  • Masking tape
  • Salt
  • Alcohol
  • Hair dryer
  • Hard tooth brush
  • Colour mixing palette
  • Spray gun
  • Disposabel glass
  • Paper napkin
  • Sponge
  • Fixative
  • Tripod watercolour easel, horizontal to floor
  • Camlin artist oil paints
  • Linseed oil
  • Turpentine oil
  • Mounted canvas
  • Assorted oil color brush set - round, flat and 1 inch flat mop
  • Colour mixing palette
  • Glass
  • Paper napkin
  • Duster cloth
  • Fixative for oil paintings
  • Tripod watercolour easel, horizontal to floor
  • Glass colors
  • Black liner tube
  • Glass sheet
  • Paper napkin
  • Duster cloth
  • Tooth picks
  • Clay
  • Armature support
  • Bucket
  • Spray gun
  • Sculpturing tools
  • Duster cloth

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