By supply, please don't just think of pencils, papers, brushes, paint. Feel free to include drafting tables, bookcases and my favorite...FLAT FILES! I have such an obsession with these, that I decided to do a whole post dedicated to them. Maybe I'll write a series of posts...because each one has a special place in my heart...
It doesn't really matter that I have a 29 1/2" x 40 1/2" black metal flat file with 5 drawers,
or a behemoth 36x45 1/2" wood flat file with 10 drawers.
I love them all. I google flat file images. I browse them on craigslist. I pin them. It doesn't matter that their use is rather limited. They are coveted by artists and the going rate for a 5 drawer flat file around here starts at $150 on craigslist. I'm still addicted.
Maybe one day I can have a coffee table again, and turn a flat file into one like this...
Or I can put it in a dining room and put really cool wine on top.
Or I could paint mine black and put craft supplies in it.
Ahhh...I don't have the guts to do this to my flat file, but this person aged this flat file on purpose, taking a perfectly fine metal flat file and making it rusty. It looks absolutely awesome!
And of course, let's take a look at Martha's collection...
While this isn't your traditional flat file, it does provide good ideas. I could easily build a hutch on top to hold craft paper. I think she was reading my mind...because I was totally searching on craigslist for a heavy duty craft paper cutter. You know...when people come by my studio to buy my art, I'll have to wrap the frames. It could happen...