My desk is a litter of Post-It Notes these days. I started using them to keep track of who’s signed up for my different craft classes, and next thing I know it’s a pink blizzard of paper squares. It’s still working for me, barely, and it’s the next organizational thing I need to tackle. Keeping the paper trail to a minimum makes a difference when you’re running a house, home schooling, teaching art classes, bookkeeping for the husband’s business and trying to keep momentum on an art career.
With the last in mind, I started putting together a painting planner binder this summer. It doesn’t work for me any more to try to remember where and when each of my paintings has exhibited, plus I have two art shows coming up that overlap each other, and I’d like to know which painting should be earmarked for each exhibition. In this binder I have three main sections:
- Painting Inventory. Each painting has a page listing its title and description (with “poetic” titles a description is always helpful as the other day I sold a painting titled “Debutantes” and it took several brain-wracking minutes before I remembered that that was how I’d titled my apple blossom painting!), price and cost of framing. This page also includes a history of gallery shows so I don’t accidentally show it in the same gallery twice, since I exhibit with the Dawson Creek Art Gallery at least twice a year.
- Calendar. A month at a glance I can see when show deadlines and show dates are so I can plan paintings and make sure they are framed in time.
- Show Details. A page for each upcoming show, listing requirements, deadlines, location and any special instructions. I also print the submission guidelines and add them behind this page.
Now this just goes to show you that a sketch can be fun to interpret! I used squares and rectangles instead of circles for my binder cover, and moved my title to the centre.
I don’t have a big collection of washi tape, and I was really reluctant to jump on that bandwagon, but I am getting into it. It is one of the easiest supplies to use since it’s already sticky and it layers so nicely.
Oh, it feels good to get organized! And you can follow my example and maybe win some crafty goodness in the process if you use Allison’s sketch and join the Playing in Paradise challenge for this week. You can use the sketch for whatever kind of project you want, just make sure you link up on the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog by Thursday noon. Take a look at the rest of the design team’s projects here and have a great long weekend!
Paper: Prairie Hill, Pink Paislee; On the Bright Side, My Mind’s Eye
Washi Tape, October Afternoon
Chipboard Butterfly & Pencil: Farmhouse, October Afternoon
Small Letter Stickers: October Afternoon