Studio Tour

This week I was fortunate enough to get a new desk and big shelving unit for my closet in the studio!  After getting everything all configured and in it's new happy home, I thought that I'd snap a few pics to share my creative space with you!  I'm so so so much happier with this new layout, and Josh is too.  You see, I'd take over the kitchen table on a regular basis.  I used to have a giant drafting table in this little corner, which was great for pencil sketching and markers, but when I started into the inks and watercolours, having a slanted table just wasn't cutting it.  Sure, I had made all these masking tape structures that would hold little cups and palettes of paint level, but it just looked ridiculous, and needless to say, wasn't the safest environment for keeping paint from spilling.  So usually I'd just set up on the kitchen table.  I think Josh hated it, even though he didn't really show it.  It was fine for the warm days where we could eat outside, but otherwise, I was a big old table hog.  So now we are a happy little family, since I've moved my workspace back into the office with a new flat desk!
Here's the whole view.  Yes, it's teeny.  But we live in a teeny house, and this is really all the space that I need!
This wall is right next to the window, and in the mornings we get wonderful light streaming through.  I tend to really enjoy labelling things, so all those cans have a purpose, and everyone knows it.  
Here's a close up of my little cork board.  It's not totally full yet, which I guess is a good thing...it leaves room for new stuff I find!  The Chi Rho patch (from the band Psalters), Jesus icon, are Facedown Records sticker, are all from the late Cornerstone Festival.  You can see the post I wrote about the fest, and it's importance in my life, here.  These are all little reminders about my favourite place, and why I am who I am.  
This is the first piece of my own work from Daughter Zion Designs that I have up in our house.  I don't know why it took me this long to hand something I made up on our walls, besides little cheeky notes, but it did.  I thought that it was important to love the work that you do enough to hang it up in your own space.  So that's what I did.  
This is another patch from the band Psalters (seriously, the most worshipful hippies I know of).  I thought that it was a great message, filled with the words of Jesus, to have hanging in front of me day in and day out.  I know that I don't belong in the world forever, and therefore I need know which kingdom I strive to be part of.  Even though my Etsy and (eventually) my blog are to help make a little money, I need to remember that money isn't everything, and that I need to know that I'm ok if I don't have it.  The rest of the verses outline the same kind of living that I strive for.  I don't need to be flashy and have fancy things.  They're all going to burn one day anyway.  I just need to know that what I do have everyday is a completely grace-filled blessing.
I moved all my inks out of the drawer unit beside the desk and onto the shelf over top of the workspace.  I like having them there so much more, because I can see all the colours, be reminded to expand into a different colour palette, and just be inspired by my supplies.  Same with the pencil holder below.  I have my favourite coloured markers, finelines, pencils, brush pens, white gel pens, nibbed pens and brushes.  Sure I have all the same things up on the wall to my left, but these are the few that get used the most.
Above my inks are some inspiration pieces that I absolutely love.  The 'I am a daughter of the King' I drew myself, copied by something I came across forever ago on Pinterest.  I loved it, but not the way it was coloured, so I decided to practice some lettering in a style I never do, and keep it just for me.  Next up are Tattooed Ariel and Ron Swanson, drawn by the talented Julia Walck.  You can find other pieces by her on  her Etsy.  I grabbed these a while ago, so I'm not sure if they're still available.  Try sending her a convo if you're really interested, because it doesn't hurt to ask!  Finally is Horizon by Charmaine Olivia.  I also have her Kudra sitting on my desk (you can see it hiding by my computer in the first pic).  I love her style, colour use, and Charmaine's mermaid hair.  If you don't know of her, I really suggest you check her out.
The metal R I got for Christmas one year from my mom.  It's from Urban Outfitters.  The Wolf Am I print is by an old school mate, Jennifer Moffatt, who is a tattoo artist in Toronto at New Tribe.  I remember Jen and her sister, Sara, being so talented all through school, and always looked forward to seeing the work they would produce as they got older and more practiced.  Jen's skills did not disappoint.  It was a chore to score this print (and a couple others) from her, but I'm so glad that I did.  Not only does 'Wolf Am I' hold other meanings from me, especially through the mewithoutYou song, but I just swoon over the way she makes her black ink fade so smoothly to the white paper.
 I was so excited to set this up in the closet that's right next to my desk.  It means that I finally have a set space where I can store all my shipping supplies, as well as extra papers and office-y things.  I was squealing at Ikea when I found those grey boxes that A) fit two side by side in the shelf, and B) would hold my 5x7 cards perfectly!

I hope that you liked this little glimpse into my work space.  If you ever need me, you will definitely be able to find me here, because I love it so much, I just never want to leave!

Bonus:  Even though I barely ever drink, the boys brought some of these over last weekend, and I thought that the can was just so lovely!  The taste was also just as lovely, as I stole a little sip from Josh's can.  They boys decided that it was too sweet and girly for them, and went back to their 'man' drinks (whatever that means), but I thought it was delicious.
 And below, I grabbed a quick snapshot of the dragon we have in our front window playing in the sunshine behind the curtains this week.  Josh's sister picked this guy up for him while she was in China a couple years ago, and I love it.