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What's your workstation like?
« 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #1 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #2 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #3 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #4 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #5 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #6 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #7 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #8 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #9 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2014, 07:09:41 PM »
Ooohhh Ellen! I can't wait to see!  :D
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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #11 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #12 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #13 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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Re: What's your workstation like?
« Reply #14 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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