ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Art Studio Hack: Organizing Time And Space

Art Studio Hack: Organizing Time And Space
As practicing artists, the time we spend creating our craft and the environment where we do it are two of the most important factors that can directly affect our work. In this article, we will discuss how you can effectively manage your time for art, and how you can build your own art studio setup that will inspire, motivate, and most importantly - equip you to create.

Why you need time management and organization

Cliche as it may sound, the popular saying is true: An organised space means an organised mind. It is easy to fall into a trap of utter disarray when we leave our artist studio messy all the time, and the same goes with our daily routine. If we don't schedule and make a to-do list, we are bound to get disoriented.Truly, there are so many materials to arrange, ideas to develop, and paperwork to do -- all on top of pushing yourself and finding inspiration to create in the artist studio. How do we fix this? By having a personal system that works for your schedule and space arrangement.

Creating Time Management

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo PicassoBrilliant concepts come to us all the time, but when it comes to our productivity in art, we need to spend a lot of time in the artist studio. Not to burrow into ourselves, but to move past it - because only then is exploration is possible, and great art is made. We have to equip and set ourselves up for success. Dedicating time for your art every day will keep the discipline of creating going. Behind the glitz and the glamour it brings, being a professional artist needs your focus, time, effort, and sacrifice.

Manage your schedule
What does your day to day look like? Do you have a day job that requires you to be in the office most of the day? Or are you working on your art full-time? Our schedules vary from person to person, so we must do our best to work with the time that we have.

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DIY layout on ZenART's B5 bullet journal, Ashtyn Duddleston (@ashtyn_plans), Wisconsin USA, 2019

Keep a journal
To be on top of things, keeping a bullet journal to track your daily activities and ideas is a good practice. You can also bring a handy visual diary wherever you go and fill it up with sketchbook ideas when you have free time. This will help you monitor thought patterns, ideas, art concepts, and emotions that you encounter every day.

Use your time wisely
Once you've set a proper schedule dedicated for your art, see to it that you value your time. When you are working in the artist studio, stay focused on the task at hand. Read up, research, and take breaks if you must. You don't always have to be working, but you have to feed your art through other ways. By doing so, you keep your productivity levels high while adding more knowledge and skills to what you currently have.

Art Studio Setup

The magical artist studio
For a creative, the artist studio is a sanctuary. It is the conjuring place of magic, where art is made and kept alive. It is important that artists are free to think, reflect, and create as they please in their own space. Surprisingly, having an artist studio not only contributes to the advancement of our career, but to our overall well-being too. According to studies, an artist studio can be the perfect environment for entrepreneurial innovation, because the set-up encourages new ideas to flourish. A space that we can call our own gives us a sense of freedom and creates a ripple effect of creating new possibilities in our minds.

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An artist at work in her magical place

Aside from that, the artist studio is also a place where mundane tasks and very non-glamorous things go on. Coming up with new ideas take a lot of introspection, and it is here where we will sit for hours to work and struggle with our art. Just like in theatre production, this space will serve as our backstage: Where all the thinking, rehearsing, and preparing will take place. In other words, the artist studio is our own little universe.

Types of Studios
Choosing and setting up the artist studio is as important as making a big life decision. When deciding which one to acquire, keep in mind that your artist studio should make you feel comfortable, safe, and free to be yourself.

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Artists in a shared studio space, Heather Day (@heatherday) and Chase McBride, Art + Marketing, 2017

Rent a shop
Empty shops make marvelous artist studios. They usually have large windows that give plenty of natural light you can utilize. Many functioning shops have empty rooms upstairs that are available to be rented out.

Home studio
For those who have extra space at home, this is a good choice. It saves rent money and commute time. You can design the place however you want, and work anytime the fancy takes you. However, it can have some major drawbacks like privacy and productivity issues. Oh, and let's not forget: bedrooms and artist studios don't mix!

Group studio
Usually shared by a collective, group artist studios create an encouraging environment. You will spend a lot of time with other creatives whom you can collaborate and hold exhibitions with. In this artist studio, you can also hold projects that have financial benefits, like live sketching and painting workshops.

Studio Share
It can be a good idea to exchange workspace in your home with a friendly fellow artist that you trust, and vice versa. This avoids domestic distractions and feels more like going to work. Alternatively, an elderly neighbor may have a spare room she would gladly rent out to make some extra money.

Arranging your studio space

artist studioAn artist arranging the materials inside her studio

The next step is arranging the artist studio according to your needs. Does your targeted space have enough room for you to comfortably create art? Is there storage where you can safely leave your supplies? Setting up the artist studio is a very personal journey, and you would want to make sure that the space is an honest reflection of who you are as an artist. Before diving into it, first check the world inside your own mind. Free yourself from any negative thoughts, self-doubts, and insecurities. According to Dr. Laura Markham on her article Spring-Cleaning for your Psyche, you can disarm your inner critic by:
  • Bringing awareness to your mind
  • Changing what your mind thinks and says
  • Giving your mind a vacation
Oftentimes, we can be our own worst critic and this gets in the way of making art. By doing this, we liberate ourselves from all the negative thinking and create space in our minds to let art flourish.

Materials and Equipment

First things first - let us define the studio must-haves. Before filling your space with furniture and supplies, we have listed down a few basic pieces of equipment that all artist studios should have.

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Canvas storage inside Maggi Hambling's (@hambling_hambling) studio, Jake Curtis, 2017

Work table with drawer
This is where most of your innovation, sketching, and journaling will take place. A work table is non-negotiable! With this, you should have a set of pens, erasers, pencils, and paper pads within reach. You can also work on your laptop or computer here to create digital work and take care of business matters.

Rolling cart
Watercolor pans, oil paints, solvents, paint brushes, atomizers etc., -- all painting materials go here. Choose one with rollers so you can easily bring it to any part of the studio, especially when you are working on large scale paintings.

This is where you will store your canvases so they will not garner dirt. You could also keep in here materials that you have not opened yet but need to store like paint sets, brushes, unopened oils and solvents.

Hidden storage
Here's where the things that you do not use on a regular basis go. For example - old canvases, canvas protectors, gun tackers, nails, cement, clay, what have you. Some art materials also emit a bad odor, so it's better to keep them hidden. Necessary cleaning materials like soap and disinfectant sprays can be kept here as well.

In case you want to do some research to get into work mode (or while at it), keeping a bookshelf in your studio is a good way to have your books, zines, brochures, and various reading materials within arm's reach.

A desk lamp or a standing lamp is an artist's best friend. If you want to work at night, or need to do a bit of detailing that entails focused light, a sturdy lamp will do the job for you.

Important Considerations
Aside from our studio must-haves, there are some very important things to consider when setting up our artist studio. These factors can make or break a place, so choose carefully!

artist studioSpacious artist studio with floor to ceiling windows

One of the most important aspects of an artist studio organization is the lighting. Does your space have a source of natural sunlight? If yes, how little or how much are you going to get? Go into the proposed room during each part of the day and consider how the light is affecting the room. The lighting is crucial, otherwise there can be problems in assessing and mixing colors accurately.

Windows are very important especially if you are working with toxic supplies (i.e. oil paint and solvents!) You need to be able to breathe properly and have fresh air circulating the room. Otherwise, art-making can pose a great threat to your health; so yes - good ventilation is a must!

Are you close to a source of water? Make sure that your artist studio has a sink, a faucet, and proper drainage. You have to be extra careful when getting rid of toxic waste like paint, solvents, oils, etc. We will talk about how to be environmentally safe when working in the section below.

No matter how wonderfully planned your artist studio is, an uncomfortable space will hinder the creation of art. Do you have chairs, tables, easels, etc. that help facilitate your work? Can you move around with ease? You will be spending a lot of time here, so arrange the place in a way that is comfortable for you.

Creative Stimulus
Does the atmosphere of this place stimulate your creativity? If there are things that bother you, change them (if you can) rather than ignore them. Fewer distractions mean more energy focused on creating. Put up inspirational quotes on the wall, create your vision board and place it where you can always see it. Fill your space with things that inspire you.

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Inspiring studio space, Caro Arevalo (@cafeinacoli), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2019

Handy studio items
There are a couple of things that can make your life easier in the studio, and it wouldn't hurt to have them around all the time.

Painting can be a messy job, so be ready to clean up anytime

You need this to take progress photos, inspiration, references, and simply document the process of creating

As we've said above, you also need to do some paperwork in between, especially if your art is your personal business

Get a 2-in-1 machine to save space and money. You will find yourself needing this, especially when printing reference photos and signing documents

Who doesn't like good music while painting? - If you don't like listening to music while creating your art, let us know in the comments below!

Modelling clay
The artist's stress reliever. You can play around with this, creating various shapes and forms that can kick in some inspiration

Yes, lots and lots of containers. You will be needing these to store your writing materials and paint brushes.

Painting apron
Wearing a painting apron will protect your clothes from getting soiled during work

How to be environmentally safe in the studio

Some oil paints, solvents and mediums can be very harmful to nature and your health, especially when not handled properly. This is why aside from ensuring that you are safe by wearing masks and having proper ventilation, we firmly recommend using non-toxic oil paints and solvent-free medium alternatives. When choosing oil paints, opt for pigments that are free from harmful driers and solvent fumes. A great example of this is the ZenART oil paint palettes. You can be sure of its safety since they are fully committed to producing non-toxic materials that are also suitable for vegans.

artist studioZenART's eco-friendly, non-toxic oil paints from the Impressionist Palette

Some of the safer non-flammable and biodegradable alternatives to turpentine and mineral spirits are Citrus Oil Thinners, Turpenoid Natural, and Bristle Magic. They can also be used for cleaning and reconditioning your brushes.

Some artists also reuse oil colors from their palette by scraping paint off with a palette knife, and storing it in an airtight container for the next painting session. Even 'palette mud' (the dull mixture of many colors from the palette) can be used for tinting canvases and boards for underpainting. It's all about being practical, resourceful, and grateful for what we have.

A place of purpose

Your artist studio is the place where you can be yourself the most, especially in this fast-paced world where it is easy to lose ourselves. Treat this place with the utmost care and respect, and it will love you back. When you create, remember the reason why you are creating, and it will lead you to your true purpose. Care more, do more, live more, and be mindful of your surroundings. With a proper schedule and a well-equipped studio, you can now do away with all the unnecessary things and focus on creating your best works of art. Good luck!

Did you like this article? What are your favorite studio tips from the ones we discussed above? Let us know in the comments section below! As always, we are looking forward to reading your comments and suggestions.


Ardak Kassenova is a London based contemporary artist, co-founder and creative director of ZenART Supplies. Her visual style-contemporary impressionism-share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. After 20 years of a successful corporate career, becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, and with the continuous development of her practice by taking private lessons from the best artists she could find; Ardak decided it's time to align her life with her true passion, Art. Driven by this passion and her corporate leadership background, she co-founded ZenART.

"My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums."

Read more about Ardak Kassenova in this feature. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!


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