I have been traveling a lot for work since the beginning of the year. And that includes a lot of packing, re-packing, and not a lot of unboxing. So this month I have finally been home long enough to realize the condition of my studio. Tonight I thought I would share some organization work I have been starting in order to bring some order to my creative chaos.
First, a caveat. I have #fullsetsyndrome. If I like a paint type, brand, viscosity – oh my gosh, I want it all. And one of the things that gives me the greatest joy as I collect those colors is to make color swatches for them. If you haven’t seen my post about Copic Color Swatch Organization – look here.
So I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s organization tips about ink pads, to place my paint and media swatches onto a similarly sized insert. There are links to the coin collector page protectors on her website – and I would ask you to use this link or the one on her page so that she gets affiliate credit for them, as this is how I found and purchased mine.
I print out my swatch files on regular printer paper. Then I use whichever paper best captures the spirit of the medium involved and make a swatch from full strength to undertone/wash. These I punch / cut to 1 1/2″ wide and glue in place. This way I don’t mess up the whole sheet with an unruly red swatch, because, I am me. I need goof proofing.
Below is the collection of color charts I have made that are FREE for you to download and print. Enjoy!
Golden Artist Colors – *updated with 2018 additions*
Heavy Body Acrylics
Golden Open Acrylics
High Viscocity Acrylics
R&F Handmade Paints
Oil Pigment Sticks
Extra Fine Watercolors
Utrecht Acrylic Tube Paints