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Title: What's your workstation like?
Post by: katianaval on December 29, 2013, 12:49:13 AM
Hi everyone, I'm thinking of setting up my workstation really soon and I'm trying to come up with inspiration. I currently work in a center table with floor pillows--not the most comfortable scene if you're doing hours of calligraphy--as I have not bought a worktable yet. My apartment is so small that I decided on going Japanese-style with my furniture a few years back.

Please post photos if you can :)
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Post by: tmishler on December 31, 2013, 10:09:37 AM
ooooh pictures would be so nice!!
I too am thinking about a work area.. other than the kitchen table that is!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on December 31, 2013, 11:34:44 AM
Oh, I like this topic! I hope others will post! This is how my studio looked before my oldest took over the room! I then took over part of the living room. It is a disaster right now but when I clean it up a bit, I'll post pics. Same furniture, etc. just different room. Initially I had my lightbox on the right side wing. But now with video taping, I moved it to the long piece. I like it much more as I have room to move around and space on either side for STUFF - which does pile up!

Believe me, it is never this clean! This was just after it was finished! I have a standing workstation (computer) to the left of this workstation.

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Post by: Erica McPhee on December 31, 2013, 08:16:29 PM
LOL Linda! That is funny!

I like how you have your station set up. Such easy access to all of your supplies. The shelf is a great idea, too. I am constantly running out of space!

When we're done with calligraphy, you and I could play with your dolls and my dragonfly and seahorse!  ;D
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Post by: katianaval on January 01, 2014, 08:49:35 PM
Thank you for posting! I've browsed through craft room photos on Pinterest and most of them I see with white or monotone color scheme too. I guess it helps declutter the view,  expecting a lot of this and that all over. I am envious of the space and shelving that you both have!
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Post by: Emily on January 01, 2014, 09:13:37 PM
Erica, all those draaaaaaaawers... and Linda, I'm super jealous of all your shelving, too. I definitely need more storage...  ::)

Can't post pictures of my office right now, since we're moving and it's just a pile of junk... but I will post in the summer once we're settled.  :)  I bought a fairly cheap desk a while back (mainly just for my desktop/laptop), and I hate it. Hoping to find a new one soon. I have the Futura craft station table, which I like, but if I tilt the table to write, I don't really have any space to place my materials (ink, etc). Hmmm, guess I'll start a Pinterest board.  ;)
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Post by: katianaval on January 01, 2014, 11:11:19 PM
I would have thought the light box/lightpads of most calligraphers would be one of the mainstays on their desks. So do you ladies just pull out this lightbox only when you need to do some tracing?
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Post by: Linda Y. on January 02, 2014, 02:57:59 AM
I only use the Lightpad when I do envelope addressing & have it stored on a shelf in its sleeve. I also do broad-nib calligraphy that uses a slant board and that takes up most of the desk space. I also sew on that table when time allows. I really need 3 more desks  ;D
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 02, 2014, 09:37:04 PM
I keep my lightbox out at all times now. I just didn't have it out for this picture.  :D It is on *very* rare occasions I don't use a lightbox. Usually, when I am doing a big piece that requires lines.
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Post by: ewigginton on January 03, 2014, 09:44:13 AM
I'm in the process of combining a calligraphy work area with my office. I have plenty of room with a very large separated work surface and lots of built-in bookshelves, but I've ordered drawer units from Home Decorator's to house the clutter which drives me crazy. I've also ordered fun boxes for paper storage from Paper Source. I should have things finished up next week (providing I don't decide to repaint which is a distinct possibility). I'm excited to share once things get rearranged.

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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 03, 2014, 07:09:41 PM
Ooohhh Ellen! I can't wait to see!  :D
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Post by: Nice Plume on January 03, 2014, 07:46:18 PM
When finally, I had my office at home, my fellow husband found the clue : we've bought a big table (used usually as a diner table: with two glass's plans)
On the first plan (below),I've put inks and all Stuff needed for work and two strips fluorescents. on the top plane (above), I can write. When I need the lightbox, I just have to turn the lights on  : easier makes better ;)
....the table Is not as clean normaly.... It's all the time awfully very busy : so, just for you : empty table for the pics  ;)
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Post by: ewigginton on January 03, 2014, 08:27:38 PM
I got started today as I wait for my goodies to arrive. I decided I wanted a magnetic wall so while I was at HD, picked up some Rustoleum magnetic primer. Spent the afternoon painting exactly as directed and magnets won't stick! I'm returning the paint but I have another idea I hope to start on tomorrow. Do you all find that you fill each and every horizontal surface no matter how hard you try to keep it clear? I'm hoping a big magnetic wall will help keep things a bit more organized.

I've started a Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/ewigginton/office-redo/?show_reg=True&invite_code=111b0175aefbd69b4b25b5e731c9e239&e_t_s=link&e_t=a11bdc42c46140d9a31a39794be03cf8&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_conversation_share_conversation_board_share_conversation_board_to_non_user
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 03, 2014, 08:52:34 PM
Nora that is so clever! And I love all your butterflies!  :D

Ellen - this is great! Same drawers as me -- and in my favorite color! LOVE!
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Post by: katianaval on January 04, 2014, 01:59:23 AM
Same as Erica, I love the drawers, Ellen! Wish these were available in Manila.

Nora, that's a very smart idea to put light under the table! saves space!
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Post by: FrenchBlue Joy on January 11, 2014, 03:33:15 PM
Oooh I LOVE this topic!  I'm in temporary digs right now because we're doing renovations on our house, but I'll be sure to document setting up my studio when we move in again!   I'm gathering good ideas...

Nora, I do the same thing with my glass table! 
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Post by: ewigginton on January 17, 2014, 10:40:13 AM
Here we are, exactly two weeks later. I've painted, organized and filed years of paperwork, ordered new covered boxes, added storage drawers, cleaned, made new window treatments, added a magnetic "wall" and lots of other little things to reconfigure my office space. I'm pretty sure I filled my recycling bin about 10 times. Whew! Now, no distractions for me! I thought a long-awaited sunshiney day would help me, but I'm a horrible photographer and just use a point and shoot, but you get the idea. I LOVE my redone space!

Ellen

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P1010228 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11997205114/) by Ellen Wigginton (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

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Post by: lisaridgely on January 17, 2014, 10:44:48 AM
What a beautiful space, Ellen! I love the pops of blue - so pretty. It looks wonderful!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 17, 2014, 10:49:08 AM
I love your new space, too! What a great set up. I love your window treatment as well. I was wondering what you have been up to lately! Now we know! Looks great. And I love how you have interspersed the blue throughout. Nice!
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Post by: Nice Plume on January 17, 2014, 02:29:26 PM
Clear and new Ellen, great space as well, it gives the reason to work !! Very nice !!
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Post by: Lori M on January 17, 2014, 05:15:07 PM
I love seeing workspaces! Your's is beautiful, Ellen -- nice and color-coordinated and uncluttered.

I'll share mine, although I'm still getting it optimized for calligraphy. (It's very paper craft oriented right now.) It's a tiny 10x12 loft that is also the home office for both my husband and me.

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Post by: ewigginton on January 17, 2014, 05:41:39 PM
Aww, thanks everybody. I love to decorate which follows my first love, sewing, which now competes with calligraphy for my time. Thankfully, I play full-time and I like my playground tidy.

Aren't we all so lucky to have the luxury of a special place to work! {Or, play, as the case may be. :-)}

Lori, what did/do you do with paper? I love the green in your space! So organized!

Ellen
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Post by: Lori M on January 17, 2014, 06:05:38 PM
Ellen, I do/did scrapbooking, card making, and stamping. I'll keep scrapbooking because I'm a natural documenter/archiver, but I have way more material than I need. (My ribbon and stamp stashes are not in these photos.) So I'm clearing out some of those supplies to make room for calligraphy supplies. So far my calligraphy supplies don't take up a lot of room, but I'm sure that will change!
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Post by: Linda Y. on January 17, 2014, 06:12:01 PM
Ellen & Lori, such beautiful and inspirational spaces for creativity! Color me jealous!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 17, 2014, 07:28:47 PM
WOW Lori! That is some AMAZING organization right there!!! Sweet!  :D
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Post by: ewigginton on January 17, 2014, 08:11:09 PM
Lori, I can SO relate! I was a stamper YEARS ago and actually taught the first scrapbooking class at my local stamp store, which had morphed from a Hallmark. That must have been something like 20 years ago or more. At one time I had my studio in the bonus room above our three-car garage and that thing was PACKED to the rafters with stamps and inks and papers. I've given away or sold a lot of my stuff but still have a fair amount in the attic. It was hard but I actually sold my Magenta stamps on ebay! I loved Magenta! I went to all the shows, conferences, etc. But then someone turned a switch off on me or something and I couldn't bring myself to stamp one more thing. I am determined not to let calligraphy take over like stamping did. I actually opted to redo my office to accommodate this new hobby rather than using a spare room. I already have a HUGE sewing studio and feel like my poor husband's living space is confined to a couple of rooms I "let" him walk through!

Your room looks great with all the organization! Truth be told, behind those two bi-fold doors in my office are reams and reams and reams of paper!

Ellen

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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 17, 2014, 08:48:10 PM
LOL! Ellen, I think we are twins separated at birth. I still have all my stamps in a HUGE bin in the garage. I haven't stamped in about 12 years but I can't bring myself to get rid of them. *Someday* I might need them again!  ;D
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Post by: Lori M on January 18, 2014, 01:06:23 AM
Too funny, Ellen! I remember Magenta. I didn't get quite as into stamping, but boy do I have the scrapbook supplies!
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Post by: schin on January 18, 2014, 01:08:11 AM
Oh my goodness.. these work stations are gorgeous!!! I wish you could come and give my office a makeover!
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Post by: Emily on January 18, 2014, 09:18:37 PM
Wow Ellen, your new workspace is beautiful! I love all this organization everybody has... y'all are giving me some great ideas for whatever space I end up with this summer.  8)
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Post by: Mljohnson805 on January 21, 2014, 03:45:52 PM
I managed to take over one side of a small bedroom and the entire closet. Could not live without the flat file from Danica House. Really dating myself with that one. Can't have too much white laminated plywood or too many Ikea white cubbies. A small light table is propped up, plugged in and ready to go.
The Extreme Tree House show is giving me ideas and my husband high blood pressure!  ;) We do have a large backyard.....
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 21, 2014, 06:07:23 PM
I love your wooden cubbies! And great worksurface. Your little cameleon is cute hanging out on the corner!  :D

I have been obsessed with the Extreme Treehouse show, too! I've always wanted to get one of those large sheds and convert it to a studio!
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Post by: Lori M on January 21, 2014, 10:05:19 PM
Love your space!

Is the 'flat file' the really wide drawers? They're awesome! Is Danica House a Danish furniture store?
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 21, 2014, 10:43:20 PM
UM... cats hugging and making a HEART alert!!!!! MARY LOU!  ;D
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Post by: Nickkih on January 26, 2014, 08:49:41 AM
Omg I can't believe I'm showing this mess of a work space but yes here it is. I'm currently in the breakfast nook and have taken over the kitchen table. But I love it. Fyi its usually clean
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 26, 2014, 12:51:24 PM
Looks like my desk right now!  :D
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Post by: joi on January 30, 2014, 01:03:55 PM
oooh i love looking at others workstation arrangements.  in my former life, i designed high end office furniture for Herman Miller...so offices are my thing.
i wish i had a nice clean simple white parsons table desk with neatly appointed accessories.  alas, i have 2 raccoons, uhm, i mean small children that would love nothing less than to explore and then destroy said work area.  so for now i have to keep my work area hidden and put away when not in use at all times.  et voila...my "studio".
it's all i need right now.  the drawer hold my paper and books.  the orange box on top stores my daily practice sheets.
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Post by: Lori M on January 30, 2014, 01:57:52 PM
Beautiful! So clean and stylish, with the acrylic chair. And I LOVE your molding and windows! Are you in the US? I'm in the southwestern US - most of what's around here was built after 1950 -- lots of mid-century modern, but I like the style of your house much better. And what a cool job you had!
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Post by: joi on January 30, 2014, 02:12:10 PM
oh thank you! i'm in the far north suburbs of chicago and the house was built in 1927.  it's a beauty.  parts of the house have been updated, and addition was put on about 10 years ago, and some parts have not changed at all.  and sadly we will be moving in a few months.  bittersweet for sure.  so packing will soon be cutting into my copperplate time!
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Post by: FrenchBlue Joy on January 30, 2014, 02:43:52 PM
Lovely, Joi!  Clean and pure. 
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 30, 2014, 04:19:07 PM
Fun job! And such a lovely, clean space! ... I think I need to go declutter now!  ;D
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Post by: Roseann on January 31, 2014, 01:38:01 AM
I live all that natural light.  What a nice spot.

Roseann
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Post by: Nice Plume on January 31, 2014, 03:53:40 AM
I love your workstation Joi, no nice, clean, stylish
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Post by: Roseann on February 12, 2014, 01:33:49 PM
Here's where I work.  There's a lot of natural light that comes in through four large windows.  It's small and I love it. 
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Post by: joi on February 12, 2014, 01:58:02 PM
omg roseann let me pick my jaw up from the floor...gorgeous!!!  did you paint the desk yourself?  i had an annie sloan chalk paint addiction last year ;)
i love the vintage inkwell...i have been looking for one on ebay/etsy.
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Post by: Roseann on February 12, 2014, 05:27:50 PM
Joi! 
You are so sweet!  My husband painted my desk.  I hadn't heard Annie Sloan before.  I had to look it up.  The furniture sampled is so pretty and feminine.   
Since you like the inkwell, here's a close up for you.  It inspires me and makes me happy just to look at it.  I bought it on e-bay.  They have so many inkwells, I'm sure you'll find something you love too. 
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Post by: joi on February 12, 2014, 06:21:52 PM
omg that is divine!!! thanks for the pic.
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Post by: Erica McPhee on February 12, 2014, 06:58:34 PM
It's beautiful Roseann! I know I don't know you-know you, but just what I know from your posts and your picture - that space looks like you! Warm, beautiful, and inviting!  :D
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Post by: Roseann on February 12, 2014, 07:04:52 PM
Erica!
You are a dear.  That is so sweet and kind of you to say.  Thank you so much. 
I do love this spot.  It really is the small and simple things that bring us joy.
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Post by: Estefa on February 13, 2014, 07:33:24 AM
Hi Roseann, that's really a lovely workspace and a gorgeous inkwell!
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Post by: Perfectsettings on February 26, 2014, 09:30:55 AM
Oh em gee!  I LOVE that space!  It looks so inspiring.
Interestingly enough, I posted on another thread that I restored a 200 y.o. warehouse and it was full of stuff... I have a ink holder very similar that was here!!  Except that I don't use it.  It's actually on my DH's desk.  If you saw my desk you'd know why...
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Post by: Roseann on February 26, 2014, 09:42:41 AM
Thank you Daisy.
I do love working in this space. 
I'd love to see your workspace and inkwell too.
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Post by: Perfectsettings on February 26, 2014, 09:50:59 AM
Perhaps after tax season!  I don't "do" taxes... I'm actually gathering info to get my taxes done.  I'm currently on February of 13.  Numbers aren't my thing...
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Post by: Roseann on February 26, 2014, 09:53:19 AM
No problem,  I understand.  I hate tax time.  Grrrrrrr...
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Post by: Nickkih on February 26, 2014, 10:56:51 AM
I wanted to give you awesome ladies a update on my breakfast nook tuned office space for me :-) I cleaned it up yesterday but I've added things that inspire me and make me feel good.
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Post by: Roseann on February 26, 2014, 11:24:17 AM
Nikki!
I love it!
All that natural light!!!!!
Isn't it nice to have a space to call our own. 
Thank you for sharing.
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Post by: Nickkih on February 26, 2014, 11:27:14 AM
Thanks Roseann. Yeah I love it. I have a attic bedroom that I could move into as a office but I love it better down here so much more. We never use our breakfast nook anyway so it's perfect for me. I love your space too.
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Post by: Perfectsettings on February 26, 2014, 08:51:44 PM
I came back to post my pic of the ink and reread my comment... I didn't mean to be so short!!! - sometimes trying to save time isn't the best thing.  Words can sometimes be misconstrued.  My apologies.  :-\
Here's the ink holder as well as the ink and pen.  My desk really should be after tax season ... I'd get done with taxes if I didn't keep intentionally get sidetracked.   ::)
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Post by: Roseann on February 27, 2014, 12:15:46 AM
Thats a very pretty inkwell.  I love looking at all the antique ones on ebay.  They're all so beautiful and interesting in their own way.
And I've never seen such a big bottle of ink.  That's really amazing.
Thank you Daisy.
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Post by: Brad franklin on February 27, 2014, 12:24:28 AM
Mine is simple. Lightbox on my kitchen table. Sometimes hard to work because someone likes a warm surface.
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Post by: Nickkih on February 27, 2014, 12:35:15 AM
Good thing my labs can't jump up - they would break my table. They both weigh 80 pounds. Lol

Cute kitty kitty Brad
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Post by: Brad franklin on February 27, 2014, 12:39:23 AM
Thanks Nickkih, beautiful doggies, yes that would not be a good thing ,spilt ink would be the least of your worries!
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Post by: Alphabetguy on March 02, 2014, 03:08:18 PM
My workspace at present can be viewed at the bottom http://custom-lettering.blogspot.com/2014/02/first-composition-for-26-seeds-year-to.html (http://custom-lettering.blogspot.com/2014/02/first-composition-for-26-seeds-year-to.html). It's my digital painting setup. This workspace will eventually evolve as I continue to search for methods to combine both digital and traditional lettering techniques. Sometime soon I need to install some shelves to clear desktop space surrounding the slantboard.
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Post by: Erica McPhee on March 03, 2014, 12:26:42 PM
Welcome Alphabetguy! This is a great set up! And your walls - ooh so much eye candy!  ;D I really like your slanted drafting board and how easy it is to access your computer. I have a standing workstation for my computer which is just across the room but I must get up and walk over. This is sometimes good (as I can stretch and not spend too much time sitting). But at other times, inconvenient.

Thank you for sharing and we are thrilled to have you here at the forum!  :)
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Post by: Jean Santos on March 23, 2014, 05:45:27 AM
Most of you have gorgeous working stations , congratulations!

We have no much room , so I have to write in my computer desk .
 
My wife's obsessive fear is I  forget the inkwell open and the ink sprays the walls  . But I write her envelopes and she tolerates my chaos ;D
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Post by: Erica McPhee on March 23, 2014, 11:46:24 PM
I can understand - such pretty wallpaper!  :)
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Post by: joi on March 24, 2014, 11:04:17 AM
oooh i'm with your wife...all that ink near all the electronics gives me the heebee geebees!
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Post by: chantellehoffmann on March 27, 2014, 05:19:02 PM
My work station is quite simple: kitchen table, supply box, and NEW CALLIGRAPHY PARTNER!! Bradley Robert Hoffmann was born last Wednesday weighing 7lbs 10oz and is a gift to our family.  He helps ensure I don't forget to take regular breaks from my projects  ;)
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Post by: joi on March 27, 2014, 05:36:01 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! sooo adorable!!!
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Post by: dailyletterings on March 27, 2014, 06:24:17 PM
woahh...congrats!!chantelle!!

as far as my workstations go, it's just my messy dining table (i took over it, since we don't eat dinner there anyway and i like to be in the same room as the husband :) and where i can also see the tv) filled with type books that i've collected thus far (i think i'm a chronic collector - is that a thing? or is this... aka "hoarder"... personally, i think it's different ;) ), a printer, and calligraphy supplies.
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Post by: Roseann on March 28, 2014, 12:25:22 AM
Congratulations! 
I'm so happy for you and your family.
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Post by: Donna on March 28, 2014, 12:52:12 AM
How gorgeous Chantelle!  Congratulations and well done managing ANY calligraphy with a newborn in the house! :)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on March 28, 2014, 01:21:08 AM
Chantelle - you have the best workstation ever!  ;D Congratulations!!! He's adorable!

Torrie - I keep telling myself that, too! (It's just supplies, I'm not really a hoarder!)  ;D
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Post by: dailyletterings on March 28, 2014, 03:58:06 PM
my 'chronic collector' thought turned into a doodle (on my instagram account!) haha!  see?? all the places and situations that can give you inspiration!! possibilities are endless! haha
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Post by: Lori M on March 28, 2014, 05:57:35 PM
So THAT'S what my problem is!  ;D  I wonder if "chronic collecting" goes with a love of calligraphy?

Wonderful lettering, Torrie!
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Post by: dailyletterings on March 28, 2014, 09:38:17 PM
ha! that's funny  ;D  thanks, lori!!
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Post by: katianaval on March 30, 2014, 09:05:32 AM
I know I started this thread but I am only able to post a photo now. Yey I have a workstation!
(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv307%2Fpicturepicture%2F1900141_10152262449478894_1073642308_n_zps6e2d42bf.jpg&hash=38e2dcd72e9b74ee66378e749aa3f0a7) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/picturepicture/media/1900141_10152262449478894_1073642308_n_zps6e2d42bf.jpg.html)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on March 30, 2014, 10:52:36 PM
Such a nice bright space! I like your wall arrangement, too!  :D
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Post by: YokePenCo on April 04, 2014, 06:03:08 AM
The space is a small 15 x 30 one room (now two room) "cabin" built in the 1850's by my family which sits next to my home. There were originally 7 people living in it until and as they constructed the main home. I just completed the renovation this past summer and so nice to have my own space!

My desk is an old school teachers desk I found on Craigslist. Solid oak, deep drawers and built like a tank.

The paper storage to the left I built out of antique doors which were in the barn at my home. Three flat drawers, 3 ink and nib storage drawers and a 12x12 paper filing drawer.

Lastly, which replaces the plastic chest on my desk, is a recently completed project I just built. Built from the same solid walnut door that my paper storage cabinet top is made from. The ultimate penman toolchest! All solid walnut, ink storage top, nib drawer, customized holder storage drawer. 14" wide overall and drawer width allows me to store my 12" holders.

(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2F5213b346-e9f8-4bb7-9a02-3bd32d2e6904_zps8e7f70ad.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=c4788d52012e4c3b93e5a0502735cfee) (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2F6869315d-d3f6-4e6b-a6bb-706854e3c12e_zps1621ea63.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=41e4b50045c3e7b7999f672caae1cc40) (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2F6ff8bfeb-64d7-4f17-82a6-1e9cf65fa54f_zpsab62fd2e.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=f62bcd2c684c6cf94457ef2457566f50) (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2F03499311-841d-46e1-9a71-e814a5b0ce9a_zpsb9a7902c.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=0aa22f301aeb399dfe5c86449ddd5a08) (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2Faad170bb-792a-48ae-89f4-988b25a3cb6e_zps947c658d.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=f7346e1275d1411b1b215be19a97239e) (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe229%2Fccoates455%2F3b765a91-7777-432b-91c4-3a4a314f4871_zps50f2de37.jpg%7Eoriginal&hash=2ca9cfbf37dab6d9a22b60bd79b20657)

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Post by: Perfectsettings on April 04, 2014, 11:05:19 AM
Christopher, just breathtaking!!!! I love old structures and repurposed woods.  I, myself, live in a structure that was built almost 200 years ago.  Your workspace is awesome!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 04, 2014, 07:24:01 PM
Christopher - now that is a treasure chest!  :)
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Post by: Lori M on April 04, 2014, 11:45:36 PM
How cool to have your workspace in a place with so much family history!
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Post by: Vielka on April 05, 2014, 02:52:48 AM
I love seeing all of the different spaces everyone works in! I don't have a permanent space to work in yet, for now I set up a small folding table in our living room once the rest of the family goes to bed. Keeps me from "collecting" too many goodies! ;) One day when RKid moves out on his own I'll convert his room into my studio. ;D

Cheers!
  Vielka
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Post by: Perfectsettings on April 07, 2014, 09:54:18 AM
I'm happy to report, I now have a cubby in my office. I got tired of packing and unpacking from my tote.
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Post by: Roseann on April 07, 2014, 09:56:05 AM
I love it!  Isn't it great to have a place to call our very own!!
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Post by: Perfectsettings on April 07, 2014, 10:03:19 AM
Indeed!  I'm supposed to be spring cleaning my storage space (aka attic) but keep finding things and think; oh, I could def use this!  That's how my "space" came to life.  I didn't buy a thing.  Except for some of the storage boxes.
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Post by: Roseann on April 07, 2014, 10:05:31 AM
It's kinda serendipity when things just happen to fall into place so nicely.
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 07, 2014, 10:25:09 AM
Love it! It's a nice cozy space! I love the window. And the banner!  :D
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Post by: Lori M on April 12, 2014, 04:02:59 AM
Love the window -- and attics! None of those out here in the Wild West.
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Post by: garyn on April 12, 2014, 02:35:48 PM
WOW
Some of you have really nice setups.

ME, I'm a packrat (I got that from my parents) so my office is so CLUTTERED.
I need to un-clutter so I can get to see my desktop so I can use it.
Where does all this "stuff" come from   ::)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 12, 2014, 11:17:20 PM
Gary, I'm a packrat, too. You wouldn't guess it from the pictures of my studio because those were taken before I brought all my stuff in! Now it looks like something exploded in there. And I swear my supplies have babies or my files multiply on their own or something.  :o

Organizing my house is on my bucket list!
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Post by: Brad franklin on April 13, 2014, 12:21:58 AM
I have always heard that a messy desk makes it looks like you are working soooo?
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Post by: Lori M on April 14, 2014, 02:49:31 AM
Creative people have messier desks, according to studies:  Clean Desk or Messy Desk? (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/clean-desk-messy-desk-benefits-article-1.1419269)  I don't agree with all of the study's conclusions, though, like people will messy desks being rule-breakers -- I am one of the most dutiful, goody-goody people I know.  ;)
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Post by: ewigginton on April 14, 2014, 10:47:48 AM
I used to have a messy desk but when I re-did my office I vowed to never let that happen again. I was sick of trying to find an area big enough to work on. So now, I put everything away. I must say I no longer cringe when I walk into the office and feel so much more productive. And, I am a very creative person! I guess one can be cured of this affliction (but don't ask me about my worktable in my sewing room).  ;D

Ellen
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 15, 2014, 01:01:43 PM
LOL Lori! I'm not a rule-breaker either!  :D

Ellen, I'm impressed! I keep trying to and have good intentions.  :o I think I just do too many things and run out of time. But then I waste so much time searching for things. And I do so many different crafts and have a supply for each. We are moving soon though and I really am going to try to get rid of some stuff!
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Post by: Perfectsettings on April 15, 2014, 01:55:51 PM
I'm sooo not surprised, Erica.  Next you'll say you're actually building your house... and wait, yes, you and your DH are building it yourselves!!   ;D
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 15, 2014, 03:09:41 PM
LOL Daisy - you know me!  ;)
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Post by: Nickkih on April 15, 2014, 06:11:51 PM
You ladies are making me laugh  ;)
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Post by: Moya on April 16, 2014, 01:59:43 AM
This topic is inspirational!  (And I love how similar our spaces all look, too - all different, some absolutely stunning, but there's a lot of green cutting mats, IKEA shelving, scattered pens ...)

I'm rehauling mine over this coming long weekend - I'm excited to post photos, too.  It's really just a desk in my bedroom, because I'm very limited for space, but you've all really inspired me.  (And I didn't know about EKBY shelves - but now I crave one!)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 16, 2014, 10:39:01 AM
OOh - can't wait to see photos!  :D
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Post by: Perfectsettings on April 16, 2014, 01:03:07 PM
Erica, I KNEW IT!!!   :)
I love seeing people's spaces too.  It really is all the same but different. 
My office used to be down the hall - I live in a warehouse - and it was truly a formal office but I hated being away from the bustle of the house - we already have an empty nest.  So last year I moved my office into the house part and converted a bedroom into an office.  It's really informal but I love it.
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Post by: Denise R on April 22, 2014, 05:56:24 PM
I don't have a separate room to set up a workstation in. I do have a desk in the dining room, which is against a south wall. It's currently fairly covered with art supplies, Bose speakers, fountain pen case, a few odds and ends. I think I'll try to make it workable for practice (just starting to learn Spencerian), and find something portable and cool looking to keep supplies in. One nice thing is that I have wall space to hang exemplars. Bad thing is that there isn't a window nearby for natural light.

I love seeing all of your workspaces. I'm definitely inspired!




Denise
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Post by: Moya on April 27, 2014, 11:06:51 AM
Well, I promised a picture, so now that I almost have everything in order - a picture!  Just one.

I live in a very little apartment in the middle of a city, so I don't have a lot of space.  Luckily, what space I do have, I am in sole control of.  Here is my lovely bedroom window workspace!

(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimgur.com%2F8q2isKK.jpg&hash=9463fc304c4ef3f33f15f6b17a06f3d1)

It was previously two desks, with no storage - so everything that is in those tall cupboards was stacked up on top of a desk, and it looked like a constant disaster zone.  Now everything is tucked away and I have so much more room to move!

And my very favourite part is that I bought a little glass laptop table that can slip out from under the desk, and a clip-on lamp to stick under it:  ta-daaa, lightbox!  It is not perfect, but it's much better than nothing.
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Post by: Roseann on April 27, 2014, 11:43:18 AM
I love it!
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Post by: Erica McPhee on April 28, 2014, 12:14:14 AM
Looks great Moya! It looks nice and bright and organized and very welcoming!  :)
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Post by: Moya on May 06, 2014, 02:23:19 AM
Ah, I really need to remember to click 'notify' ...

Thank you!  It's a hideous mess now, only a few weeks after I put it together, but that's not even a little surprising.  Messy desk is the sign of a creative mind, or something!

I love seeing other people's workspaces, keep posting :)
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Post by: ultraQuiche on May 08, 2014, 07:34:09 PM
I'm envious of you guys' workspaces. Make sure you feel very lucky!

I often have to go study in the library or the college because there's just too much distraction/artistic inspiration in my desk area.

Looks like dat

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Post by: Moya on May 08, 2014, 08:12:00 PM
I know what you mean Quiche! My workspace is constantly in chaos.  I actually ended up setting up another desk in my apartment for studying at ... that one's constantly in chaos too, but it's a different chaos.  :)

I like your storage options, though! Those plastic containers - I think I need some ...
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Post by: Estefa on June 11, 2014, 05:20:09 AM
I have been lurking around this thread from its beginning ;). It is so nice to see how all you guys work! So I've meant to upload this for some time it seems today is Flourishforum day :)!

So here's my little studio I use it also for all things non-digital, mainly illustration, or such. My computer is in the office I share with my husband.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/14396959415_01cf0916fa_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14396959415/)
 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14396959415/)

I'm writing and drawing on my fathers old drafting board, which makes the whole space very dear to me.
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Post by: Roseann on June 11, 2014, 11:17:36 AM
What a lovely space.  And so much natural light coming from your large windows.  It's perfect!
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Post by: Estefa on June 11, 2014, 11:46:42 AM
Thank you, Roseann! Yes, the light is really good that's why I wanted this room for my studio (we just moved there 2 years ago)!
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Post by: jeanea on June 11, 2014, 02:40:10 PM
Estefa, I absolutely LOVE the line you have set up on the back wall with things pinned to it--I think I just found inspiration for my office space!

P.S. I also happen to LOVE your calligraphy. Work like yours inspires me to keep trying, despite how unimpressed I am with meager progress, because I want nothing more than to produce beautiful calligraphy (like yours) one day. 

...and now I feel silly because I totally sound like a groupie/fan girl.  :-[
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Post by: ultraQuiche on June 11, 2014, 08:18:33 PM
+1.

That line rocks my world.
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Post by: Moya on June 11, 2014, 08:44:34 PM
Me too me too me too!  I live in an apartment and I can't put much up on the walls ... but I bet nobody could begrudge me a line like that, and a couple of 3M hooks to hold it.

Your studio is so gorgeous Estefa <3
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Post by: patweecia on June 11, 2014, 11:46:33 PM
estefa i love you workplace!

the lighting and your calligraphy buntings (haha, i don't know what to call it) is beautiful.  i wish i had that kind of space too :)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on June 12, 2014, 12:24:14 AM
Estefa - I see we share a liking for the same color - my entire kitchen is the color of your lovely walls.  :)
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Post by: Estefa on June 12, 2014, 04:11:04 AM
@jeanea I'm glad to hear you like my workspace, have fun setting up a line of inspiration :)! And really a lot of thanks for that compliment, now I am blushing!! But of course it makes me happy that you find my stuff inspirational :)!

@ultraQuiche Ha, I hope in a good sense, Quiche ;D??

@moya Thank you, Moya! I also live in an apartment, but we have a very nice and tolerant landlord, who also allowed us to paint the walls how we wanted :)! That's what I wanted to tell you, Erica ;)! So thank you also for your kind comment, @Erica McPhee!!

@patweecia I had to check "buntings", yes, I also don't know how to call it, but I also love them ;)! Thank you!
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Post by: katianaval on June 24, 2014, 05:59:42 AM
I like the background color (of the wall) it makes it feel so nice and sunny and creative :)
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Post by: Estefa on June 24, 2014, 07:52:56 AM
Thank you, Katia! It's also calming which is good for me :)!
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Post by: bluestockingpen on August 14, 2014, 02:32:44 PM
We moved to a new house in December, and there is a tiny bedroom on the top floor that I've taken over as my studio. I am so happy to have a room of my own (as V. Woolf suggested was important!), and I feel that it has really enhanced my burgeoning practice.

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Post by: Moya on August 14, 2014, 08:17:05 PM
We moved to a new house in December, and there is a tiny bedroom on the top floor that I've taken over as my studio. I am so happy to have a room of my own (as V. Woolf suggested was important!), and I feel that it has really enhanced my burgeoning practice.

Oh that's beautiful!  Oh man, I really wish for a room of my own.
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Post by: patweecia on August 14, 2014, 10:01:45 PM
We moved to a new house in December, and there is a tiny bedroom on the top floor that I've taken over as my studio. I am so happy to have a room of my own (as V. Woolf suggested was important!), and I feel that it has really enhanced my burgeoning practice.


i love your workspace, especially your desk!  especially that it's facing a window; you can soak all the natural light in :)
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Post by: Brad franklin on October 01, 2014, 04:40:32 PM
I have a question for anyone who has figured this out. I looked through these pictures and I did not see a fan. I live in Georgia and it is very hot and humid even still. (Fall). Even with air conditioning I need a fan. Where would be the best place to place it without it blowing all the papers around?
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Post by: Nickkih on October 02, 2014, 12:25:48 PM
Brad my practical suggestion is to just try what works for you.
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Post by: Brittany Fetterman on October 02, 2014, 05:32:00 PM
Estefa, I love that your desk is right next to the window,  and the teal walls are awesome!
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Post by: Blotbot on October 02, 2014, 05:46:40 PM
I have a question for anyone who has figured this out. I looked through these pictures and I did not see a fan. I live in Georgia and it is very hot and humid even still. (Fall). Even with air conditioning I need a fan. Where would be the best place to place it without it blowing all the papers around?

Have you considered working in your underwear?
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Post by: Joel on October 04, 2014, 01:31:12 PM
I don't have one, I wish to have a workstation one of this days.  :)
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Post by: artcyva on January 24, 2015, 12:29:51 AM
Love seeing all your workstations! I don't have one yet and only use my pc table for now. Hoping to move to a bigger place this year. :)
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Post by: Erica McPhee on January 24, 2015, 09:07:43 PM
Brad, we have ceiling fans in every room which usually isn't a problem because it is in the middle of the room. But sometimes I have to turn it off when I am working or it blows all the paper. In the summer when it's unbearable in FL, I crank the AC down to the "snow" setting.  ;D

I have a question for anyone who has figured this out. I looked through these pictures and I did not see a fan. I live in Georgia and it is very hot and humid even still. (Fall). Even with air conditioning I need a fan. Where would be the best place to place it without it blowing all the papers around?
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Post by: Perfectsettings on January 25, 2015, 02:48:52 PM
Brad, when my hot flashes kick in I use a small fan.  I point it towards my legs b/c somehow that helps without all the papers blowing everywhere.  HTH
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Post by: papercrew on January 25, 2015, 04:52:11 PM
Okay now I wanna get into my shop on a Sunday and clean out a space just for my calligraphy! I'll post pics soon!
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Post by: garyn on January 26, 2015, 08:34:49 PM
We moved to a new house in December, and there is a tiny bedroom on the top floor that I've taken over as my studio. I am so happy to have a room of my own (as V. Woolf suggested was important!), and I feel that it has really enhanced my burgeoning practice.

BSP
I recommend you replace that folding chair, as it looks like it will not be good for your back.
Otherwise I'm jealous of your setup, sooooooo much room.
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Post by: Perfectsettings on January 29, 2015, 09:00:10 AM

So here's my little studio I use it also for all things non-digital, mainly illustration, or such. My computer is in the office I share with my husband.


I'm glad you said this!  People often ask me why I have 2 desks in my office.  I always shrug and think; b/c I want them!  But I never put words to it.  Yes!  That one is for all non-digital!  Love it.
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Post by: Chandra on February 05, 2015, 07:00:45 AM
All these workspace making me want to remake my space. I'm currently having to work on a tiny corner of my bedroom , and i've just started calligraphy , so everytime i want to train , i'll move my laptop and train , and when i need to do some digital or stuff , i'll move my calligraphy stuffs and move my laptop back in.
I hope i get a bigger space soon !

Regards,
Chandra
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Post by: Raayynuh on February 25, 2015, 08:52:00 PM
I was actually searching for a thread like this; I'm always really really curious what people's workspaces are like - they have such personality! I love all of these. It's so nice to create a little corner to yourself, well mostly to yourself haha. Seems like some have to compete with kids, significant others, and pets, but it's nice to have some control. I just have to worry about my cat so a lot of my things have to be tucked away in ways that don't interest him.

I share a small space with my boyfriend so our bedroom is also our living space and I get this corner all to myself (and Buster Kitten, as you can see, he doesn't care about boundaries). I have to thank my bf for the older antiques stuffs. I have a dream of living in a house that looks like a hobbit hole.

I don't get a lot of natural light so I kinda have to be right under a lamp. This picture also depicts the daily battle between me and my cat over MY chair (he thinks he's gonna win).

(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs21.postimg.org%2Fdlsbtfyw7%2FIMG_6446.jpg&hash=3ef38ebe2ad0350d3a0a5dba40402fe9)

Sort of a close up. That glass bubbly thing I bought cheap at an estate sale cuz it was a cool glass bubbly thing. It's now my water holder!
(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs22.postimg.org%2Ffy5vutybl%2FIMG_6442.jpg&hash=e72e613374d8fdb5b1b15178a99e9115)

And a close up of the rad gift my boyfriend made for me.
(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs9.postimg.org%2Fo71l9z0q7%2FIMG_6444.jpg&hash=75f142a1505965d87a05b613a60f549a)
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Post by: Perfectsettings on February 25, 2015, 09:08:53 PM
I love everything about your space!  I do.
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Post by: Raayynuh on February 26, 2015, 08:10:44 PM
I love everything about your space!  I do.

Thank you ☺, me too. I feel very at home at my desk. It's a good feeling.
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Post by: aliceedang on February 26, 2015, 10:47:23 PM
I currently don't have a desk, so I work off of my coffee table, which is probably why I have bad hand positions and a hunched back at the moment, not to mention my hand and wrist hurts after like a page of practice. But it's definitely better than when I used to practice on the floor  :-X
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Post by: Jamie on May 23, 2015, 08:33:31 PM
I've never had a dedicated craft space before, because for the most part in the last four years I lived in a dorm and did not in anyway have the space to have more than one maybe two tables to use as deskspace for everything.

But I graduated a few weeks ago and moved into a new apartment and so now I have my first dedicated craft space, and just really wanted to share.

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/a8d037ac1ececda8698b98749056cccf/tumblr_notvtuuNqd1sknnszo1_540.jpg)
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Post by: Elizabeth O. on May 24, 2015, 08:37:56 AM
I love looking at everyone's workstations!!

This is mine...lots of Ikea, need a bulletin board (washi tape does not cut it), posed Buddy (we're working on "stay"), and it's never this clean!  ;)

(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1086.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fj450%2Fdreamingincolor1%2Fb746e4a8-d43f-4b72-ba78-8629204a517a.jpg&hash=a268ddde87f08644a499c3bbfa2f831e)
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Post by: keysayanez on May 24, 2015, 08:50:11 AM
I love looking at everyone's workstations!!

This is mine...lots of Ikea, need a bulletin board (washi tape does not cut it), posed Buddy (we're working on "stay"), and it's never this clean!  ;)

(https://theflourishforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1086.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fj450%2Fdreamingincolor1%2Fb746e4a8-d43f-4b72-ba78-8629204a517a.jpg&hash=a268ddde87f08644a499c3bbfa2f831e)

Neat! I'm in serious need of drawers. My workspace is an absolute mess. But I too have, usually, the company of my dog.:-)
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Post by: AAAndrew on November 19, 2015, 10:36:04 AM
My space(s) are a bit different since I mainly write letters and don't often try real calligraphy.

My most settled workspace is actually at work. I have an office and a side desk that I've been able to turn into a space to so some calligraphy and write letters, or just play around. You can see a few of the nibs I'm currently using, and the various inks and even my Parker 51 desk pen in the background. What the picture doesn't show is the stack of "in-box" paper trays to the right with the various papers in them.

But most of my writing happens when I'm out and about. I need to carry my workstation with me because most of my free time is while I'm waiting around in a coffee shop or someplace either for my son who's in a class, or my wife who's teaching. So, I've created a neat satchel of materials that allows me to take my workspace pretty much anywhere with a table and chair. The "man-bag" carries my iPad in the front, and inside I have large white envelopes with different papers, a small case with various nibs and holders, and in the zippered pocket in the back I have four 2-oz bottles of ink in a sealed plastic container. One of the envelopes contains guides, postcards and stamps.

With this set-up, I can write a letter pretty much anywhere with my dip pens, even my dining table which is where I work at home. I've ordered a few extra Dinky Dips as the current bottles I carry are only good for writing with a straight holder. I'm probably going to replace one of the bottles with a couple of Dinky Dips for when I want to use an oblique holder and practice my calligraphy.

Well, those are my workstations.
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Post by: evjo on January 20, 2016, 02:27:49 PM
New furniture!  So happy to now be able to adjust the height on both the table & the chair. 
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Post by: AAAndrew on January 20, 2016, 02:55:17 PM
Looks like some nice light!
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Post by: evjo on January 20, 2016, 03:19:03 PM
Yes, north and east windows.  & this view
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Post by: Tasmith on January 20, 2016, 05:09:42 PM
Bought a drafting table years ago from an architectural firm that had converted to Auto CAD.  Writing slope made from a piece of cabinet grade 3/4" plywood that didn't cost anything as it was in the scrap wood pile at Home Depot.

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Post by: marilyns on January 21, 2016, 12:24:22 AM
Thinking of having my calligraphy space in my "woman cave"--in the laundry room where I would have a sink handy and also have my computer, printer, and storage pieces.  Good idea or not?
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Post by: nibn00b on January 21, 2016, 10:07:04 AM
Thinking of having my calligraphy space in my "woman cave"--in the laundry room where I would have a sink handy and also have my computer, printer, and storage pieces.  Good idea or not?

I have 2 spaces -- one in the basement near the sink, etc., and one upstairs at a desk. I tend to prefer the upstairs one for the light and atmosphere and use the downstairs one when I'm doing messier stuff like painting.
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Post by: schin on January 21, 2016, 01:21:36 PM
The laundry room sounds good, I particularly like the idea of having a sink handy. But will the actual laundry be in there too?? I can't imagine the noise and shaking from the dryer/washer (mine causes earthquakes!) and argh, imagine accidentally spilling sumi ink on a basket of fresh laundry argh arghhhh arghh
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Post by: marilyns on January 21, 2016, 03:22:22 PM
Something to think about, though in my household laundry is completed in a half day one day a week.  The lint generated from the dryer may be an issue.  The rest of the week will be using computer, printer, tv while I work on crafts and calligraphy.
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Post by: Moya on January 24, 2016, 07:12:22 AM
I would be worried about the humidity from the dryer affecting the paper - unless you have good ventilation! (My last house definitely did NOT, and nothing stayed dry in that laundry, ever.)

The lint would be a problem for the computer, too - you could collect a lot of vent filth very fast in that kind of environment.
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Post by: katianaval on February 23, 2016, 05:14:47 AM
I seriously wish we have Ikea in the Philippines!

I love looking at everyone's workstations!!

This is mine...lots of Ikea, need a bulletin board (washi tape does not cut it), posed Buddy (we're working on "stay"), and it's never this clean!  ;)

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Post by: katerina on February 23, 2016, 09:22:38 AM
This thread is so insipiring! Many wonderfull workstations here!
As soon I tidy up I will take some photos too!
I live in a big mess with paper and boxes everywhere  ::) I'm currently looking for a new home and the first request is "I need a studio; and then maybe a kitchen  ;D "
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Post by: Marcia Aronow on February 23, 2016, 03:50:23 PM
I am fortunate to have a dedicated space.  My work room/office used to be part of a 1st floor bedroom.  Real nice for me, since the former owners had a wet bar in their bedroom!  This is about as cleaned up as it gets.  On the opposite wall that you can't see, I have a giant stand-up light table that I bought from my daughter's wedding photographer in 2009, used it once & now it just holds files.   ;)  Believe it or not, I'm most excited about how I rigged up an outlet strip with velcro underneath my work table & strung power cords through large paper clips that are attached to the edge of the table.  Yeah....it's the little things!! 
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Post by: Niki Fowler on February 23, 2016, 07:48:40 PM
I set up a small workstation in the corner of my office just for calligraphy (and also as a place to stack books on, because I don't have a piece of furniture without a bookstack on it). I'm using an old desk that belonged to my husband's grandmother, which I plan to restore someday. It makes me feel like a scholarly penman, which is a lovely bonus.
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Post by: AAAndrew on April 12, 2016, 08:15:05 PM
I have an L-shaped desk at work. One side holds the computer, one side holds my writing supplies.

I think it's gotten a little out of control.
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Post by: handmadeletters on April 13, 2016, 08:25:52 AM
Andrew, your glasses are amazing! I love it when calligraphers lay their glasses down with their work. Perhaps a future off-topic thread? O-O

Btw, the way you store your nibs is interesting. What's going on there?
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Post by: AAAndrew on April 13, 2016, 09:40:20 AM
I'm assuming you're not talking about the nibs just scattered across the desk.   ::)

The ones that seem to be just hanging on the edge are on a little homemade nib holder I cobbled together. It's basically a strip of wood with a bevel to which I glued a fairly strong magnetic strip. (most of the sheet magnets you get at the hobby stores are too weak) I then just covered it in paper and it holds my nibs quite well. I keep thinking one of these days I'll make a nicer version. It needs to be a bit wider at the base to make it more stable, or have a base at all might help. I'm thinking a strip of steel with a series of small magnets behind might work well. It's a great idea, I just need to make the next step past my improvised prototype. And I'd need one 15 feet long for all the nibs I have hanging out. (multi-tier?)

The glasses are some reading glasses I bought and really like, but my wife hates them. So they're at work.  :)  The big lenses actually work really well for writing and calligraphy because there're no frame lines in your vision.
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Post by: AnasaziWrites on April 13, 2016, 11:09:24 AM
The ones that seem to be just hanging on the edge are on a little homemade nib holder I cobbled together. It's basically a strip of wood with a bevel to which I glued a fairly strong magnetic strip.
A knife holder would be a similar idea.

I was wondering, have any of your nibs been magnetized, having been on the holder a while? If so, might that affect ink flow when using iron gall ink?
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Post by: AAAndrew on April 13, 2016, 12:25:25 PM
I've thought about how to make a much smaller version of those. It's what gave me the idea.

The magnet doesn't seem to have affected ink flow. I suspect the iron particles in the ink are far too small to be affected. I do have a few nibs that seem to become somewhat magnetized, but that only is an issue when I try and sort them from other nibs.
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Post by: cjfrancese79 on August 17, 2016, 08:51:37 AM
I have this old writing desk which became a repository for all my random junk and decided to clean it out and use it for its original function. I'll use it for practice and smaller projects. When I need more space I'll break out the drafting table. 

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