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Thanks everyone, I'm so happy you like my paint set-up and racks ::D:

You have a finer rack than I.

 

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Thanks everyone, I'm so happy you like my paint set-up and racks ::D:

You have a finer rack than I.

 

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Thanks!  :blush:

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Now to work on the Arc light from the tutorial.  My problem is that my paint area is not static.  So I need to figure out how I can make the Arc light setup so I can move it.  Kinda needs to be independent of the painting table I just happen to be working on at that moment.

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Now to work on the Arc light from the tutorial.  My problem is that my paint area is not static.  So I need to figure out how I can make the Arc light setup so I can move it.  Kinda needs to be independent of the painting table I just happen to be working on at that moment.

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Now to work on the Arc light from the tutorial.  My problem is that my paint area is not static.  So I need to figure out how I can make the Arc light setup so I can move it.  Kinda needs to be independent of the painting table I just happen to be working on at that moment.

I'll worry about the Arch light after we build our home in a few years and I have an actual paint studio with a gaming area for our D&D games. Arc light is really cool tho, I've seen quite a few people building them. My two lamps put out a lot of light and I'm happy with them for now. ::D:

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Now to work on the Arc light from the tutorial.  My problem is that my paint area is not static.  So I need to figure out how I can make the Arc light setup so I can move it.  Kinda needs to be independent of the painting table I just happen to be working on at that moment.

Umbrella?

 

 

It's more what to mount the end of each arc on.  In the tutorial it's a permanent painting table.  So it is just mounted to the table at each end.  I need something that makes it portable.  So something that can hold up the arch but let me pick it up and move it when done.

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The other factor is I can see my wife wanting one once she sees it or using mine for her cookie decorating when she needs light.  It would be perfect for her also.

 

I thought something as simple as a 2x4 at each end.  Not sure if they would be heavy enough to do it.  I could always hollow out some of the wood and put some lead in it to weight it down more.  Or find something heavier to use as the base to attach the wood to or replace it.

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The nice thing about the 2 cross arch structure is that it is pretty self supporting.  You could take a 24" x 36" drafting board and build it on top of that. Now you have a semi-portable light arch setup.  Or you could use a crossbar on the left and right side that are attached to a fabric mat. That would be even more portable.

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Well I only got about halfway through here before falling over in awe of all these amazing paint areas!!

 

My new lamp should be in this afternoon, and I rearranged my desk so my better half can paint next to me when he feels like joining ^_^ I'll take a picture once I've added the lamp!

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Okay, finally took a photo! I ended up moving everything around a third time - I'm more likely to be painting on my own, so it's just easier to keep stuff together.

 

I've got my inspiration wall. I'm slowly filling it up with things I love, like quotes from forum members, my puppies from when I was kid, and my ArtistCon badge. I need to put a photo of my better half and me up there ^_^ I'm also getting a second Izzy book so I can cut a few pages out to use as mini posters.

 

In the back corner: I've got sharp pointy things in one jar, and brushes in the other. Then my paint, of course. You can tell by the colored tips that I haven't used very many yet! I made my racks out of cheap foamboard - I went all engineer on them, they are quite sturdy. The raised lip that I put on them to prevent tipping wasn't as high as they should have been after I put the padding down, but they are (hopefully) out of the way enough in this corner that they won't get knocked over.

 

I've found it handy to keep a little notepad with what colors I'm using, so I have that. To the left of the amazing lamp (thanks, Bathory!), the little red box has all the little supplies in it - ticky tack, empty med bottles, etc. It was made for me by my father-in-law!

 

Underneath my desk, I have a big cardboard box of newspaper ads that I use for covering surfaces and another, smaller box with all my minis in it. Most are in little baggies at the moment, I wish I had kept the labels :down: I also have a few shoebox sized plastic containers under there - one each for sculpting materials, bases, and mini prepping. They're all nearly empty, but I'm just planning ahead!

 

The desk is about twice the size shown here. The left side is empty - I'll be using that area for drawing and other projects ^_^

 

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It's really cool seeing everyone's workspace. I am in the process of setting up my own, and it's been kind of helpful to see what other people do. I live in a city apartment so I can't do a big dedicated space, but I can learn to pack my stuff up efficiently and take it out when I need it, and arrange it in a logical way for working.

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I'm in an apartment too! Random thing I've learned for working in small spaces - keep the little plastic cover of the blister packs that your minis come in! They are awesome as teeny to-go palettes, at least when you're only working with a couple colors at a time. 

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I'm in an apartment too! Random thing I've learned for working in small spaces - keep the little plastic cover of the blister packs that your minis come in! They are awesome as teeny to-go palettes, at least when you're only working with a couple colors at a time. 

 

Nice! I'll have to remember that if I'm ever painting away from home. I do have a pretty nice little porcelain palette I plan on using most of the time though. Only maybe 8 by 5 inches. It has a bunch of wells that hold about 10-12 drops and some flat space for gradient mixing and paint straight from the bottle. I can use the lid as another flat palette too (and I may try sticking a paper towel and parchment paper in there to convert it to a wet palette for longer paints). The big thing is going to be organizing my paints effectively so I can take out a subset and keep the rest in storage, since I won't have table space for big paint racks like you have there. Luckily minis are small, or at least the ones I paint are.

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