tips & treasures tuesday #1

Welcome to the first Tips and Treasures Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today I have a few favorite things to share with you. Something old, something new...and something kinda blue! You're welcome to share your own tips and treasures as well. If you created a post just include your link with your comment. Share as many or as few as you like.

More than once I have seen pictures in Where Women Create of these great metal paint holders. They hold lots of bottles on both sides and look like you can spin it around. Some of you might be lucky enough to own one too.

From Where Women Create - May/Jun/July 2011 -  pg 105

One day I remembered an old mini chest of drawers I had stored in a kitchen cupboard. I took all the little drawers out and found it was perfect to hold all the colors I use the most. The rest of the bottles are in a drawer of a hutch to the left. My work table is pretty small so one of those nice spinning doodads wouldn't work. But this is perfect and I can also use the top to hold other a recycled jar of pesto to store my business cards!

Last week I was at Bed Bath & Beyond where one of my favorite areas is the kitchen section with all the organizers. I've seen these turntables/lazy susans hundreds of times and even have one in my kitchen. It finally occured to me that one would be perfect on my work table...duh!

I actually had a smaller single tier turntable I was using and at one point I added an old cake pedestal to make a second tier. It worked pretty well but this new one holds so much more. The price was $13 and I had a 20% off coupon so it wasn't bad at all. I just love it.

And last I want to share one of my absolute favorite things and that is this big box of folded wax paper I found at Costco. It's the kind I usually see at the bakery, used to pick out a pastry or donut, or to wrap sandwiches. Well it's a perfect work surface for everything. Painting, gluing, and for rubbing down a piece to glue to a collage. And it makes cleaning up so easy. This box of 500 was about 5 or 6 dollars and lasts forever!

So there you have it. A few of my favorite tips and treasures. I have lots more to share and I hope you can share one or two of your favorites too.


Incipient Wings said...

love the little cabinet you put your paints in!
I was fortunate enough to find a metal paint organizer at a thrift store for about ten dollars, I just about jumped out of my skin when I spotted it!
thanks for sharing..I will be back later with my favorite tip:)

cmoh said...

What a fantastic idea. THanks so much for coming up with it and sharing your tips. I need one of those paint thingies or keep my eyes open for something like you used.

Alas my Studio is being packed up so no tips but I will look forward to seeing next weeks, after all I will be moving into a new studio and will need all the tips/help I can get.

Linda said...

Great tips Anna. I have a long way to go before i am this organized. I have all of my acrylics in a plastic bin...Yoour idea is much better. With yours you can actually see what color you are grabbing...Something nice to look for.

artistamyjo said...

Excellent tips Anna,thanks so much for sharing.
hugs, Amy

Cameron said...

Makes me want to raid all the other rooms of my house for potential art organizing goodies..heehee!

What a fun post...thanks! :D

pchickki said...

What clever ideas! I love the folded wax paper tip, I am always needing wax paper and the folded would be so handy.
Thanks for sharing :)

Nook & Cranny said...

I love the wax paper idea. I will look for that next time in Costco. Thanks for the tips.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

These are all great ideas. :) Thanks, Anna. :)

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Formidavel Dica!