Wednesday, January 25, 2012

another simple solution from Pintrest: art drying rack

I'm not sure how much I've posted about this topic here, but some of you know that when I started working with paper again a couple months ago, I didn't have a good place to put my drying paper.  So I usually spread it all over the floor.  I'll spare you a picture of what this looks like because I'm sure that you have a pretty good idea.  Needless to say, this wasn't a good long term solution.

I briefly looked at options on Amazon.  Most of them were $100+ and appropriate for art classrooms and other large studios.  I wasn't in the market for anything that sophisticated.  On a whim, I turned to Pintrest.  I had such good luck with my ring display that I thought I might get lucky again.  Pintrest did not disappoint.

How awesome and simple is that?  I went out to Target the next week and picked up a simple plastic dish drainer ($13) and another simple plastic dish drying rack ($5).
I love how there's room to store pieces standing up or laying down.

The other drying rack is perfect for smaller pieces like my little button flowers.

I can store one right on top of the other to take up even less space when I'm done working.
For now, I'm keeping them on the floor there, which I know isn't ideal, but they are tucked out of the way under the edge of my table.

I'm not using the silverware drying rack for anything right now, but as the Pintrest photo shows, this is a great place to store some supplies.

Obviously, this isn't an appropriate set up for larger art work, but for anyone who does smaller gluing work or other art work that needs drying time, it is great!

Does anyone else have a DIY/alternative art drying rack?  I'd love to hear about them and know that other readers would, too.

Finally, a number of people expressed an interest in the paper cutter that I use that I had in some of my photos yesterday.   I had a cheap one for about a year and when the blade dulled, I decided it was time to upgrade.  I've been using this new one for about a month and a half and really love it.  I bought a cutting mat (remember my large Christmas boxes?) and replacement blades at the same time.  I will need a replacement cutting bar at some point, but the rest of the supplies will keep me set for quite a while.

Do you have a paper cutter that you love?  Share it in the comments!


  1. I like using common objects for uncommon purposes - I do it all the time. I once worked in a pottery/art/tchotke shop and became known for alternate uses of items, like a ceramic egg separator as an ashtray!

  2. I use a cookie rack to dry my journal pages and clay pieces. I think I saw the dish rake in your board!

  3. This is very good idea, Rose! Thanks for sharing. Will get myself a drying rack tomorrow!

  4. The drying rack is a great idea for cards!
    I have a Making Memories Rotary Paper Cutter. I had tried the "slide style" ones before, but they always ended up tearing my paper. And I've tried a cheaper rotary style that had a replaceable plactic cutting mat, but I didn't care much for that one either. So far the MM Rotary is my fave :)

  5. Pintrest -- one of my wife's favorite sites. She's always finding something new on there and the Pintrest app was one of the first ones she downloaded when she got an iPhone.

    Apparently, she's not the only one addicted to it...

    The Hawg!

  6. Well isn't that clever! I put my stuff to dry on top of the fridge to keep them away from kitty paws but I could use the drying rack and put it in the laundry room. Thanks for the idea!

  7. I love this idea. Pinterest is full of such great ideas.

  8. Rose, I saw that drying rack on Pinterest, too, and pinned it. (Great minds think alike.) I haven't used this idea, but another possible drying rack is a vertical file hold you can find in any office supply store.

  9. That is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing.. drying racks at the art store are soooo expensive! ;)

  10. I love that drying wrack idea! And you know...when I saw that post the other day I thought about the benefits I used to have at school...a great paper cutter, a ceramic kiln, etc that I never took enough advantage of!!


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