I recently got a lap desk, and like it very much. It doesn't work for painting, but for drawing or using a laptop computer, it is great. Keeping it light is a priority and I like the personalizing idea, too, but I would tend to go with major room decorating/accent color, at least for me. I have mine stashed near my usual chair and would prefer it coordinate with the chair or room than be a fabric of artists' palettes or something. But maybe others would disagree. Good for needlework, too. Beading, jewelry making. I think this is a great idea.