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Debbie H

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I took a challenge to create a piece of artwork a day for a year a little over a month ago. Adding those to what I already have is starting to stack up and I see a need for an organized storage solution. All my artwork is 11 X 14 inches or under and mostly on canvas board or watercolor paper. If you could share a solution with me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
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It appears none of us have an organised solution [biggrin]

I am also trying to do one a day, or at least find time every day to work on one that takes longer to do. 

Pastels, I have stared leaving in their pads as the Mi-tientes paper I use is interleaved so they are protected, the miniatures I have just started putting in ice cream tubs - in the order I painted/listed them.  I will probably take a block photo at some point and print it out and stick it to the lid so I know what is in each tub, and the same with the pastel paper books.

Some of my stretched canvas' or framed photos and paintings are spread around the house on display ( I have sold more than one to visitors, especially if they bring friends with them or tell friends who then want to see them, and I have found that pictures in real settings seem to sell more easily)

Others are in folders or stacked in the corner of the spare room.

So basically, the organisation as to where to find each piece of art is currently in my head, and if that forgets I know it is in the house ..............  somewhere  !

I am however, much more organised with my nail art which is all logically (to me) filed and my vintage items.


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So sorry Debbie I cannot help with your dilemma[bawl] But if you ever have a 'fabric' prob I'm the one to call on! Best to you.
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Debbie H

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It appears none of us have an organised solution [biggrin]

I am also trying to do one a day, or at least find time every day to work on one that takes longer to do. 

Pastels, I have stared leaving in their pads as the Mi-tientes paper I use is interleaved so they are protected, the miniatures I have just started putting in ice cream tubs - in the order I painted/listed them.  I will probably take a block photo at some point and print it out and stick it to the lid so I know what is in each tub, and the same with the pastel paper books.

Some of my stretched canvas' or framed photos and paintings are spread around the house on display ( I have sold more than one to visitors, especially if they bring friends with them or tell friends who then want to see them, and I have found that pictures in real settings seem to sell more easily)

Others are in folders or stacked in the corner of the spare room.

So basically, the organisation as to where to find each piece of art is currently in my head, and if that forgets I know it is in the house ..............  somewhere  !

I am however, much more organised with my nail art which is all logically (to me) filed and my vintage items.


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Hi Christine, I think we artist type are basically unorganized. LOL Right now my paintings are stacked in my office/guest room  and on an end table. My quilted items and few vintage are in storage bins that I have to dig into every time I make a sale. Add to all that my fabric I am de-stashing and I can't find anything. The ATCs are the hardest because they are so small and easily hide among bigger paintings. I was thinking of getting a card catalog for them or a baseball card binder. Although the binder is probably expensive. Guess I will spend some time perusing the thrift stores for ideas. Thanks for the ice cream container idea but I would have to eat all that ice cream and my doctor just told me to cut out sweets. [frown] 
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Hi Debbie, I used to have the same problem, what I did was buy a bookcase and 2 dish racks for storing wet paintings (oils),  when the paintings are dry they go onto one of the shelves according to size. You stack them on their edge you will be able to store a lot on each shelf. It makes it so easy to find things, I do the same with my panels, shipping supplies, plein air equipment, everything on their own shelf and out of the way, no more clutter.
Hope this helps or gives you ideas.
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Thanks Pat, great idea. I have a shelf unit that is a catch all so that will be great.
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I store my paintings on a shelf unit also. My display clothing items are given to the needy so no problem there.
My watercolors that I am starting to do will also be put on a shelf unit.
Mu jewelry is hanging on a wire rack.
We live in a 3 bedroom home and it is only me and my hubby now so I have 2 complete extra rooms to store my things in

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I think the best and easiest is to get 4-6 boxes closest to 11x14 size, something like 12x16. The height: 6-8" or higher.
In each box you could store 2-3 months of pictures(60-90 pcs).
A divider between each month - a piece of Black or Red Bristol board, or just a cardboard, slightly larger than the art.
Write on each box which months are there.
As simple as that. And doesn't take much space.

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That is a great idea
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 Take a room in your house and dedicate all wall space to display your paintings---like your very own gallery!

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That is a good idea but what do you do when you run out of wall space in that room?
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Well, you put them on the walls of any room in your house   :-)

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IF I hung up all of my paintings all of the walls inb my home would be covered with them and some paintings left over.
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That is a good idea but what do you do when you run out of wall space in that room?


Then go to the boxed storage idea. As you sell from the wall, replace that space with one from the box. [smile]

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