I have addressed the issue of my messy art room a few times, but “non-artists” have a hard time understanding why all this stuff is necessary. I’ve had a hard time explaining it until I watched myself cleaning and organizing and realized how I “see” things differently than “normal” people.
I hardly EVER throw anything away!
Check this out. Back awhile ago I bought a a variety of metal pieces to use in a jewelry project. When you look at the photo, what do you see? A filigree piece mounted on a backing, right? You pull off the filigree, use it in the jewelry and throw the rest away.
Well, here’s what I see…
A filigree piece (which will be used in the jewelry) a piece of wire that will make a cool strand of wire hair for a wooden angel ornament, and a tag, that, with a little paint and embellishing will make a journaling card for a scrapbook page!
Packaging for “ice cream” bars – trash, right?
Heck, NO! The reverse side is EXACTLY the right color to make letters for my canvases.
And this plastic backing for paper tape should just get tossed when the paper tape has been used – unless it lives in MY world, then it will get modpodged onto a canvas.
Now multiply those few examples times 10,000 (or more!) and you see my issue!
My brain on art is pretty messy!