Setting Up a Home Art Studio

Written by Karen Bryan

Before setting up a home art studio, I’d recommend that you start small and try your hand at creating art for under £10. Once you’ve decided that you wish to proceed, here are my money saving tips on setting up a home art studio.

setting up a home art studio - messy mat watercolours glitter and poster paint from home bargains

Where Will You Work?

Ideally, a home art studio should be a single-purpose room flooded with light. But in real life, not many people will be able to achieve this.

I decided that my office/our home computer room, which is a single bedroom with one window that faces north, would need to double as a home art studio.

The room contains quite a large desk, so I reckoned that I could push the laptop into a corner next to the printer and have a reasonably sized work surface.

I had a good clearout of the large bookcase in the room to make space to store art supplies. I knew that it would be a bit of a pain having to set up and clear up after every art session.

Which Art Materials to Buy?

Paint – £6.14

I decided not to use oil paints for two reasons, the odour and that almost certainty  I’d spill paint on the carpet.

A set of 14 acrylic colour tubes (12ml each) cost £2 at B&M Bargains. I find that you get more texture and brighter colours from this type of paint than from the dry block watercolours.

I really liked the effect produced by glitter paint which cost 69p for 120ml at Home Bargains. I started off with two, but I soon returned to the shop to buy another four colours. That cost me a total of £4.14.

setting up a home art studio - 120ml metallic paint 60p from home bargains

Mess Avoidance – £1.98

A 99p plastic craft mat from Home Bargains keeps my desk clean.

Any spills from the water in the mug which I use to clean brushes is contained in a 99p flexible tray from Home Bargains.

setting up a home art studio - flexible tray to avoid spills

Paper/Canvas – £13

Initially, my art was done on standard A4 printer paper. However, I wanted to progress larger, textured paper.

A watercolour pad, containing 18 sheets of 230gsm paper measuring 15 x 1.5 inches cost £3 on ArtWorks.co.uk. I bought 3 pads.

setting up a home art studio - watercolour pad

A set of 3 canvases (small, medium and large) cost £4 in B&M Bargains.

Brushes – £4.98

As I was happy with the gouache brush which was included with the initial watercolour set that I purchased, I bought a set of 6 which cost £3.99 on Amazon. They took a couple of weeks to arrive, as they were despatched from Hong Kong. These brushes have nice long handles and the bristles don’t flop when you put them onto the paper.

A 12 piece sponge painting set, costing 99p from Home Bargains, is great for painting flowers.

setting up a home art studio - sponge paintin tools

Frames – £2.98

In Home Bargains, I bought a small white frame for 99p and a larger black frame for £1.99.

Assorted Materials – £7.37

A set of 12 Staedtler Norris Colour pencils cost £2.94 on Amazon. I sometimes use these to draw outlines when I start on a piece. Although you can find much cheaper colouring pencils, I’m happy I bought these as I hardly need to sharpen them, but when I do so the wood doesn’t crumble away.

setting up a home art studio - staedtler norris colour pencils

An 8 pack assortment of metallic crepe paper cost 59p in Home Bargains. the colours are vivid and it has an almost velvety texture.

A 15 pack of A4  assortment colours felt cost £2.85 on Amazon.

I also bought a 500ml tube of PVA glue for 99p from Home Bargains

The cost of all these items was £36.45 (+ £9.27 for my initial supplies.)

Total spent so far = £45.72