Drawing Desk Project

Updated: Feb 4

This month I picked up woodworking and DIY for the first time in a long time. I have hardly any experience since school, but youtube and power tools make things easy! Seen as it’s relevant to the art, I thought I’d do a quick blog post to show a bit of the process with this project - hopefully someone will be inspired to customise their own space more, or build for the future. From time to time I’ll document art projects on this blog, so it’s nice that the first will be the foundation of that – my drawing desk.

I started with a random idea to make a drawing surface but at first it was going to be a small portable thing. The project evolved and grew as it went along, which I think is a great way to work if you can also keep it balanced. For me the way to find that is through sketching and brainstorming, and then refining & sculpting the sketch (idea) more and more...Working within boundaries, but leaving room for flexibility & creativity within them. This particular project grew into a multi level multi functional area (and growing)...which is really helping my comfort levels, and also inspiring me to draw more often (the main goals).

Drawing on wood and cutting it up with power tools turns out to be a lot of fun

After finally getting the supports in a stone wall, I cut the desk out and double checked my measurements for the height of the legs. Following that it was outside to spray paint everything in galaxy colours; mostly purple to go with our home, and also teal, red and black. Different coloured star effects were added by pressing the cap lightly, often shaking to get spots of paint dropping. I have very little experience with spray painting too, so this was a forgiving lesson.

A little decorating and drying later, the main desk was ready to put together and attach to the wall. I was pleasantly surprised how much all my measurements lined up, and how sturdy it proved to be. More celebratory tea ensued, before I varnished my new construction and moved on to planning the drawing surface…