|'Meadow Sweet' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Last December I spent a couple of weeks cleaning and organizing my studio. I found some things at Ikea that have been very helpful and I have been meaning to share them on the blog. So I am starting a series called 'Studio Hacks'. I will try to share some of the things that have made my life as an artist easier.
Here is Hack #1. The problem? Messy and disorganized dish towels. I use dish towels to wipe my pastels as I paint. I throw a towel over my shoulder and wipe the pastel in between strokes. It has become such an involuntary habit that I dare not forget to use a towel. That could be ugly! So I had piles of dishtowels that filled a laundry hamper. The dirty ones went into a basket until I could throw them in the wash.
|My old messy dishtowel storage|
My Ikea Solution: I lightened the load and eliminated the clutter with this Ikea hack.
- I bought 10 of the lightweight cotton dish towels for 99 cents each. These were much lighter weight and looked nicer than my mishmash of old dishtowels.
- I also bought two small plastic garbage cans for $1.99 each. I got a white on and a black one. The white can is for the clean towels and the black can is for the dirty ones. After I paint I just throw the towel into the dirty can and wash them when it is full.
|Clean and dirty cans|