Decluttering the printing surface

the piles of junk on my worktable - before pic

Ick! What a mess!

I thought I’d share a few pics of my workroom.  This is what my printing table normally looks like.   As though an art supply shop had vomited all over it.  With some haberdashery chucked in for good measure.

messy worktable

Hmm, a bit messy, eh?

Every so often I have to have a good clear out or it gets too much to create anything there, it seems to mess up my head as well.

stripped back to the bare bones

One afternoon I decided to clear everything off and put the dropcloth in the washing machine.  This is what the print table looks like underneath all that clutter.  Wow, wish it looked like this all the time!


I have a large piece of MDF laid on top of the table, and a piece of carpet underlay over that, which creates the soft surface for printing.


Here is the table with a clean dropcloth on top, bearing the dyeing marks from a previous printing session or ten!

Wish I could say it still looks like that now, but unfortunately it is more like the top photo again… that clean table top lasted less than a day.  But it definitely unleashed some creativity…

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4 Responses to Decluttering the printing surface

  1. Sheila Barnes April 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    You make me feel slightly better about my work space…only slightly! 😉 I too find too much clutter starts to stifle & a good clean-up conducive to clearing one’s creative mind as well. So what wonders will we see from you next?

  2. Nina Fenner April 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    LOVE your messy table photo, and your description of it had me laughing out loud! Yes, that is SO familiar!

  3. Liz Plummer April 6, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks,Nina! Glad it struck a chord!

  4. Liz Plummer April 6, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Sheila, I’m working on pattern design mostly – if you look on the right sidebar there’s a link to my Spoonflower shop which I’ll be blogging about soon – I’ve sent off for swatches which is the precursor to offering the designs for sale. And I’m doing more painting… have been working on putting things in repeat which is very frustrating but hopefully will become second nature with practice!