I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most organized person in the world. My clothes are more likely to be in laundry baskets than in dressers, my keys are never found in the same place twice, and my friends prefer not to venture in the depths of my purse unarmed. But when it comes to art supplies, having everything organized is a necessity for me. If my paints or markers aren’t color coded, I’ll arrange them properly before use. I keep all of my watercolor mediums (paints and crayons alike) in the same place; my markers are collected together in their own pouches, a pouch per brand. The idea of my art supplies being scattered about upsets me because they are my most treasured goods. Without the ability to create, I would be lost!
Recently I organized the items I need for making and mailing ATCs. I refer to it fondly as my ATC Supply Kit. (Catchy, right?) I took an old tin with a hinged lid, spray painted it green, and slipped my ATC goodies inside. These items include:
•clear sleeves for finished cards,
•cards with envelopes.
I’m sure that it comes as no shock that this tin got a complete artistic makeover! I sprayed glitter spray paint on top, creating a gritty texture that Modge Podge could to stick to without peeling off. This would allow other elements to be adhered. Using acrylic paint, I then stamped the lid with generic imagery. Next, I printed out the words ‘ATC Supplies’ onto a piece of decorative scrapbook paper, glued it to the center of the box, and framed this large label with washi tape. After some drying time, I splattered the entire box with a brighter color of green acrylic paint, tying the design elements together. Once the base coat of spray paint was dried completely, the rest of the project took less than an hour to complete.
Feel free to clue me in on your ingenious ways to organize art supplies by commenting on this post. If creating artist trading cards is a hobby of yours, I strongly suggest building your own ATC Supply Kit. I’m incredibly pleased with my box! It makes the creation of ATCs a much quicker activity, which is convenient for when time is limited. Let me know if you think I’ve missed including any items in my kit!
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