I just finished a book project and my studio is a disaster. It’s particularly bad this time because I created the book using a new medium: collage (usually I just use ink and watercolor). And I don’t have that much experience with it so I kind of made a mess. There’s glue, itsy-bitsy scraps of paper and fabric, paint splatter—to name just a few—everywhere! I find that I like work best in a tidy space. It’s about 16×12 and I have lots packed in so it helps to be organized. I bet it doesn’t look like a typical artist studio – too clean and orderly, but that’s the way I like it.
I cleaned for two full days. I took out everything I could lift out of the room. I dusted, vacuumed, and scrubbed every inch of the studio and every single item in it…from the cubbies to every paint brushes. This is what it looked like in the middle of my cleaning: