Couch art is how I create a lot of my artwork!
It was born of my love of movies, tv shows, and the comfortable corner of my couch where I do a lot of my work. Why not be comfortable while working, huh? I started by bringing a few supplies out with me, then a baggie of supplies, then a shoebox. It grew into a supply box and is now a multi-compartment Smart Box from The Container Store.
Because of my FMS and arthritis, I can't sit in a desk chair for long periods of time. I find I need to take breaks and that breaks the creative flow. When I am working somewhere comfortable, such as the couch or in bed, I can sink into the creativity and work for hours! I've learned new ways to work with my favorite materials so I don't need much, and won't be making a mess. This method of working is great if you have limited mobility, a draining job, or don't have a studio space!
It all starts with a Couch Box...
A couch box contains all your favorite, portable supplies. Add in pens, pencils, markers, stencils, glue, scissors, paint, crayons, stamps, and more! Use media that are easy to use without a table, such as watercolor crayons/pencils, colored pencils, and stamps. Combine it with paper to collage and a glue-stick, and you're ready to go!
I find when I create where I'm comfortable, I create more! A journal and pencils while watching a movie means more sketches and doodles than if I kept the art in my studio space. A box of crayons means I add more color to pages done on the go. Stamps and tapes let me embellish while I relax after a long day.
Couch art redefines where you think art can be created. And by limiting your supplies in a Couch Box, you're forced to think outside, well, the box! Discover new ways to use old materials and mediums. Limits help so much in expanding your creativity and journaling!
Check out some of the art and posts I've made about couch art: