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Updated: May 2

Are you one of those people who hoards your art supplies, waiting for the perfect project to use them on? Do you find yourself with piles of unused materials cluttering your studio? It's time to break free from this habit and start using your supplies now.

There are a few simple things you can do to ensure nothing goes to waste.

  1. Start incorporating a variety of mediums into your artwork, experiment, and try new things. I started using micron pens, Posca markers and got reacquainted with my Procreate app.

  2. Ensure that you properly store and organize your supplies so you avoid buying the same products. I am guilty as charged. I have three containers of masking fluid for watercolors!

  3. Set yourself up for success in having a regular art practice. My secret. I created a secondary art station downstairs in the dining room. Very seldom do we not get advance notice of company and even if we did, our friends and family know about my art obsession and they wouldn't judge.

  4. Donate items you are not using, whether that is to a community centre or a local school. Personally, I don't want to find any more dried-up paint tubes or pens in my art supply stash.

Our dining room table covered all the supplies I need to create my pet portraits which includes a vareity of colour pencils, pan pastels and an eraser
Our dining room table often doubles as my art station

I credit the pandemic for this awakening of sorts. I realized how much I was living in the "One day" frame of mind. We are never guaranteed a tomorrow, that I know for sure.

I would like to hear from you. Let me know if you have also amassed quite an art supply collection and if this gives you some idea of what you are going to do so that you don't let those precious goodies go to waste.

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