Thursday, August 15, 2013


Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Brees Mimi Design Studio! Come on in! So happy you are joining me today for a quick peek inside the place I call "studio".  Today I'll reveal my worktable.  It's my "go to" place, my favorite spot to be, where I feel completely at home and were the ideas flow freely. 
Work table in studio

You will find me here most afternoons (if I'm not working or taking care of the grand-kids) and sometimes very late at night when I'm able to sneak in a few minutes before bedtime.  

The worktable is approximately 5-6 feet long and 3 feet wide, a standard folding table from Office Depot. In order to protect (lol) the lovely brown laminate finish, the work surface is covered with several sheets of watercolor paper. This idea comes from Jennibellie Studio, to use watercolor paper and wipe the excess paint from brushes here and later use this paper for other art projects. Since the watercolor paper surface is a recent addition to my table (previously used brown craft paper), I'll have to let you know how it works out. 
Work surface protected by water color paper.

To tell the truth, I couldn't stand looking at all that white I painted a few ideas on one side and use the other to wipe excess paint on. 

 On top of the w/c paper is a non-stick craft sheet, in my immediate working area. It is perfect for a dab of acrylic paint or spray inks when a palette isn't needed and wipes off easily! Even acrylics can be peeled off the surface if left too long.  I LOVE the craft sheet
Non stick craft sheet in immediate work space.

On the worktable I have my essential tools which are: acrylic paints, glue & gesso, pens, brushes, ink, paper towels & baby wipes. 

The pink metal tub holds bottles of glue, glue sticks, gesso, mini paint palettes and water containers (recycled fruit cups or yogurt containers). A revolving rack (repurposed spice caddy) houses artist acrylics and my favorite handmade basket holds fave acrylic craft paints.
Current fave acrylic colors include Poodleskirt Pink, Whispering Turquoise, Citron Green, Slate Grey and Black. 
A mason jar and silver topped glass containers hold Washi tapes. 

Above in thrift store finds of ceramic, stone and metal cups my collection of pens, markers and scissors are corraled. It looks like the mini stapler has "attached" itself (sorry, couldn't resist) to the metal cup and awl is buried in the ceramic holder. Small metal dishes hold miscellaneous items that stray across the surface from time to time. 

Paint brushes, plastic utensils, ink and credit cards
The lovely metal box is another thrift store find! The lid of the box remains open at all times for quick access to brushes and various utensils used for spreading or applying paint and gesso. All are contained in recycled glass jars (salsa-yum!) within the box. Ooops, I see the pink stapler has also attached itself to the metal box!  Another glass jar contains old credit/gift cards (to spread glue, paint or gesso), water brushes, bone folder, and sponges.  The metal box resides on top of a mini wooden slat table (repurposed from a picnic basket), underneath the wooden mini table is a divided glass pickle dish (thrift store find) holding black ink pads, India ink bottles and date stamp, the dish can be slid out when needed.   A spray bottle of water, paper towel holder, package of wet wipes and a bottle of water are near by.  

Inspiration board
Inspiration comes from many sources and I keep mine right in front of my worktable!  On this board is a background of BH&G paint color swatches, you know the pages that the newest colors are on? Here's a fun page at BH&G to test your color personality!  Each season, my board is changed out and the background colors with the season. Then I add my favorite poems, quotes, color palettes, and various items that catch my attention. Strings of glass beads, pieces of jewelry I like, cards with string or threads, cutout paper dolls, crochet flowers, it is here for inspiration.

My current project: hand painted paper and sewn covers for watercolor journals. Both journals have hand sewn watercolor signatures inside and flaps on the cover which secure the papers within. My inspiration came from Mary Ann Moss SEWN. Go check it out! 

I hope you have enjoyed the Work Table tour and that you will come back next week as we continue A Peek Inside The Studio!  

I'd love it if you would leave a comment so that I know you were here! I love hearing from you! 

See you next week, until then....



PSS.....BREAKING NEWS! A day late to the party on WOYWW (that's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday)but I thought I would post this anyway. Let you know more of the details in next post! 


Anne Payne said...

♥ your studio! You know, my birthday is coming up...what wondrous handmade item am I getting?
:) xoxo

Nan G said...

Welcome! You'll be an avid Desker in no time! Thanks for the studio tour. So much to snoop thru.. :) Watch out for that pink stapler she has a mind of her own. :)) Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #4 p.s. better late than not at all. See ya next week!

Monique said...

I love your studio and your inspiration board is delightful, what a great idea to have that right in front of you. Love your journals!
Thanx for stopping by my desk earlier and you kind comment.
I wish you a wonderful week xx Monique #97

cyndee starr said...

Thanks for sharing. Great organized space.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Welcome to WOYWW, even though it's now Friday. I love MY craft sheet, too. It's very useful when I throw paint around. I don't have any watercolor paper that large. I think it may be out of my price range, so I cover my desk with rosin paper, easily picked up at Home Depot and Lowes.

You are very organized, and I like that. I believe in neatness and organization, too.

Again, welcome, and thanks for stopping by my place earlier. Happy rather late WOYWW from # 1.

ike said...

Sorry about the late visit but here I am :-)
Thanks for the sneaky peek in your studio...... I LUV the inspiration board - brilliant idea :-D The Batman made me larf !!!!! :-D

Happy WOYWW 219

IKE in Greece x #99

Corrine at said...

Now who doesn't want poodleskirt pink, what a perfect name for a paint your tour...xox

Julia Dunnit said...

Welcome to word you have it all going on! Love the thrifted eclectic mix for sure, really add character to your desk. Made me smile to read of your blank page syndrome with the table covering. It is such a good idea, and I love the colours you opened with - very inviting!

kattera22 said...

Happy belated WOYWW!! Thank you for your kind comments on my Blog, Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, What a crazy Week It's been! Lovely craftiness going on on your table. I also love your batman on your inspiration board!!! I need him to remind me too!! (btw welcome to WOYWW... this was my 3rd one, so i am also new to it... and so is my mom. She's #55 this week)
-Tera #101

Rita said...

Wow! I love seeing other people's workspaces and yours is colorful and bright and filled up--love it! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. (WOYWW#100)

April Story said...

I love all your little containers. So organized. I think your pink stapler has legs. LOL April #120

kattera22 said...

Thanks for your visit & Kind comments! I'm loving those hand sewn covers! So fun!!! Happy WOYWW
-Tera #124