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Well, February is the longest short month. This weather really gets me down so I have to find ways to keep busy. What better way to keep busy, than to clean my super messy art desk!? I can combine my love of Target and my love of organized art supplies into one beautiful clean desk dream.
We will, of course, begin the journey together with an obligatory "before pic."
I started my messy desk mission with no plan, other than to walk around Target with a shopping cart and find practical pretty things. I also wanted some kind of artsy crafty element to go into my organization methods. If you follow my Instagram stories, you saw that I picked up a LOT of boxes, baskets and containers, and got distracted by all the other glorious things Target has. I KNOW I’m not the only one who gets lost in all the greatness of Target :) I won’t get into all the things I didn’t buy, but here are photos of the things I did buy! (If you click the pictures, you can find out more info about each product.)
The cute Sterilite container with aqua compartments ended up getting things off my desk, and organizing them nicely in my closet. The white baskets hold my DecoArt Patio Paint that I use to paint my pebbles, along with one of my palettes. Of course, I couldn’t resist putting the paint in spectrum order. We will see how long that lasts.
The mason jars and washi tape are where I got a little more creative. I took the solid circles out of the mason jar lids and only screwed on the rings. Then I wrapped a band of washi tape around each jar to jazz them up a little. I also put a piece of washi tape on each drawer of my little Sterilite container. I already had the little drawers, but I decided to organize my markers in them, instead of whatever random supplies I threw in them before. I love mason jars, so any reason to use them is a good reason.
So here it is! My nice clean desk! My mason jars have different kinds of pencils and a few other supplies. For non-artists out there, I have many different types of pencils: watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, pastel pencils, charcoal pencils, colored pencils, and the list goes on. They each have a different purpose so they each have their own jar! I also have a space for work in progress, which is super important to me. When I don’t have a space for work in progress, my desk gets messy.
I also bought myself a sweet smelling little candle for ambiance, and a simple weekly planner pad to help me feel organized and productive. (Click the photos to learn more about each product.) The candle is from my favorite line of candles. They have great scents for every season. The one I bought smells springy. I’m over winter.
I really hope my desk stays nice and neat this time! I worked hard!
Looking ahead to the future, the format of some of my blog posts is going to change. I’m learning that people are often interested in the story behind art or how the art was created. In some upcoming posts, I’ll be writing a little about different pieces of art I’ve created and sharing which materials I used to create them. Sharing is caring!
I’m Rachel, an art teacher by day and a freelance artist and pretend chef by night. You can find my art locally and online, and my cooking adventures in my blog.