Building the Studio - The Loresworn Order

May
05

Building the Studio

At last, the Order has a proper work studio that is not a third bedroom of an apartment! We are extremely lucky to have found a place with an attached, two-car garage, which has given us enough space for a glorious amount of sawdust, and several cosplays in the works. And of course, Kaycee, the Loredog, gets to hang out and guard against the various bunnies and mice when the door is open.

We spent a lot of time researching ideas on how other studios are set up. Really, it came down to us wanting a proper tool wall and storage space for all of our supplies. The layout is designed with expansion in mind (hence the open space on the tool wall). We expect the look and arrangement to transform over time into an eclectic library of crafting implements and supplies.

If you are currently creating (or thinking of creating!) your own work space, here are some tips that can help:

-If you have bare drywall and you just want to make it flat white, PVA primer (Poly Vinyl Acetate) is an economical way to go. The sole purpose of this primer is to seal bare drywall and curing mud. It is also about half the price of regular paint, which is why we picked it. By using just this primer, you not only can cover up the look of plain drywall, but it also is a step closer to a complete paint job if you decide to paint more in the future. There are some drawbacks of this primer that are worth knowing. Like I said before, this primer should only be used on bare drywall or mud. It is also quite thin, and will require at least two to three coats depending on your painting skills. You can also tint this primer, but it will only take small amounts of pigment. Always make sure to read the instructions on the can for tinting and drying times.

-Lighting is a key element to any work space and there are a lot of types to choose from. Since this is a crafting studio, the lighting not only had to be energy efficient, but silent (for when we record) and a proper color temperature (measured in Degrees Kelvin). This led us in the direction of the LED alternatives of the usual, four-foot fluorescent shop lights. Both the LED and fluorescent shop lights are energy efficient and have color options, but the fluorescent fixtures tend to produce a humming noise and will have a continuous cost of bulb/ballast replacements. The LED fixtures were more expensive, but now that they are installed, we will not have to touch them until we decide to move again. Below is the fixture that we purchased (and will purchase more of) for the studio:

As much as I enjoyed working on our studio, I am glad that it is over. Now it is time to create more art and cosplays! Be sure to check back to see what we are working on and what cool things we have planned for the future!

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About Brianna Hafer

Brianna Hafer is a proficient photographer, graphic designer, aspiring silver/blacksmith, and crafter of various awesome things in many media. As the Master Artisan of the Order, she is responsible for graphics, design, and color management.

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