More Art Studio Hacks

More Art Studio Hacks

A continuation of my previous article of Art Studio hacks.

There are several ways to help you keep the rhythm, and flow, while you’re in your art studio or work-space. My aim in these articles is just to share tidbits of things that have worked for me in the studio. They are by no means the only way to do things! In fact, if you have a better way of doing things – please share in the comments section below – would love to hear them! If you’re not an artist, well then maybe these articles will help to show you what goes into to making a painting. At the very least, you get to take a look around the studio…



Freezer Paper


these grey paper palette liners help you mix accurate paint colors
Grey Matters Palette paper

Art Studio Hack #3 – Palette Paper

I use freezer paper, it’s very economical and when you spray your palette to keep it wet, it holds the moisture – droplets bead up. Then cover with a storage bin lid or a plate or even the Masterson palette lid, whatever you have handy. I usually work on big pieces so the Masterson palette is too small. Freezer paper and a storage bin lid are the perfect palette combination for large paintings. If you want to mix accurate colors, then get Grey Matters Paper Palette sheets, the “9 x 12” size fits perfectly into the Masterson’s covered palette.


exhaust fan for spraying art studio
Exhaust fan for spraying art studio. Helps keep fumes and over-spray at a minimum

Art Studio Hack #4 – Exhaust Fan

I work in a studio out of my home, so keeping those fumes out of our living space is important. You can pick one of these up on eBay or probably even Amazon. It has an extendable 4″ diameter hose that you wedge into your window. This one expands to about 6′ long, making it versatile. I use this not only for airbrush, but also when spraying a protective coating over archival prints, works great!

Organize your paint tubes the easy way in your art studio
Organize your paint tubes the easy way

Art Studio Hack #5 – Organizing Your Paints

This is a hack that I saw someone write about a few years ago, wish I could remember who! I have thanked them repeatedly throughout the years. Sure, you can keep your tubes in drawers or bins, but this is a handy way to organize. I tend to work in an almost rhythmic fashion and having to stop and hunt for a specific color really breaks my ‘flow’. Having this handy board helps keep me loose, when I’m on a painting tear 😜

Well that’s it for now. I do have more art studio hacks that I’ll be publishing soon. If you’ve enjoyed this article, or found any of these hacks useful, please leave a comment below. AND be SURE TO SHARE your art studio hacks too – lets help one another…

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Cheers and have the best day ever,

deb sigline


This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. clinock

    Thanks for adding freezer paper to my list of palette ideas: old plates, cardboard cut into rectangles, shirt card, yogurt lids, old love letters 😉

    1. Deb B

      John if you are doing work that you can finish in a sitting, then no need. But, if you are color matching then the freezer paper is a gift! It’s amazing how long your acrylic paint will stay wet!

  2. Liquitex paints are good, still somewhat better than the other stuff. It’s just so that currently they sell here the tubes you have on photo at 15-23 CAD. I find it impossible now to buy as much as I usually would use. I do not like too much their yellows, but white is at least fine. I was trying to find Amsterdam expert acrylic, and everywhere it was at 80 or more bucks for a small tube. Canadian dollar is low, all internet sales are either in EUR into CAD or USD into CAD, and that increases the price abnormally. It’s like watercolor needs frames, pastel requires framing right away, acrylic paints are not good enough and I am sensitive to oils now. Leaves pencil or what? I love drawing, but I do not want to spend a year covering up with pencil strokes full sheet of watercolor paper.
    I think your choice of mixed media works because you can manipulate between different supplies.
    I have a lot of extremely textured works where I used different stuff. I have a problem with this: it looks very good in reality and really terrible on a photo. That’s why I haven’t posted these work s anywhere. Mixed media can involve nature materials, too. I like that.

    1. Deb

      Though not a fave, here is a link to the Amsterdam’s

      I like Golden, then NOVA Color, then Liquitex. I would love all Holbein but out of my price range when doing LARGE works. Have you tried the DERWENT INKTENSE blocks, they are easy to take (plein air) or use in the studio. Use as pastel, but then apply a wet brush – oohhh la-la, – nice rich light-fast color. Oil pigment sticks are okay too, but not really for blending like the fine art you do, they DO work extremely well for loosely painted abstracts though. So you are contemplating heading into a new direction with your work??? What’s next Inese?

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