Today's beautiful (and sometimes beautifully messy) handmade space is that of Kelly Rae Roberts (who happens to also be an "affordable etsy artist" like I'm featuring on d*s :) Kelly creates mixed media paintings featuring portraits of women- they're very cool! Let's see where she gets to work on all of them!
What do you create in this space?
i create mixed media paintings using acrylics, oils, collage papers, ink, and a bit of ephemera thrown in here and there. i do all of my printing and packaging in this space, too.
Can you describe what we see in the pictures a bit?
you see sunlight and glorious messes. you see my table space where i paint. and another table space where i cut + matte + package my prints. you see my inspiration board. and my aprons and boots. and little trinkets and gifts here and there. just like the rest of my apartment, i really take value in surrounding myself with images and treasures that bring beauty and meaning to my heart. my favorite thing in my studio is the big bookcase/shelf that my husband made for me out of old and weathered wood scraps. it's perfect for holding my bins full of supplies. my studio is the place where i spend most of my time, so it's important to me that it be an extension of myself. it's gotta have color, music, and sunshine.
How do you feel when you enter your "handmade space?"
sometimes i feel incredibly inspired. and sometimes i feel overwhelmed with the to-do list. i suppose it depends on the day. but mostly, i feel proud of this space and what it represents: a space to play. to get creative. to dig deeper. to celebrate. and to sing out loud while painting.
Thanks for sharing, Kelly! I LOVE that bookshelf that your husband made for you, it's great!