Monday, 12 December 2016

What to Look for when buying an easel

Hi, it's me.

Here’s what you need to consider before buying shopping.

  • What medium do you use? If painting with watercolour you may not want an easel for studio work, but consider a field easel.
  • Do you stand while painting or drawing? A floor model may be what you require.
  • Do you prefer the canvas to be at a slight angle or totally vertical?
  • What size canvas do you use? One size does not fit all.
  • Do you have a studio or do you need the easel to fold up when you are done?
I have listed  some pro's and con's of various easels.

Table top
Can be folded up and put away when not in use
Does not hold large scale canvas

Come in tripod easels or with storage boxes
Depend on the height of the work surface

Studio easels
Large floor standing
Accommodates large canvases
More stable than tripod easels
Does not fold up
Need dedicated studio

A French easel
Three-in-one easel: a sketch box, an easel, and a canvas carrier
Vary angel between vertical and horizontal
Tripod – less stable
Sketch box – holds smaller tubes of paint
Does not hold large scale canvas

Sketch box or Paint box Easels
table-top easel|
box in which to store your painting supplies
Does not hold large scale canvas
Depend on the height of the work surface

Bench easels
combination of an easel and a bench
handy for plein air painters or artists giving demonstrations
Hold canvas up to 24 inches

handy for taking outdoors
Folds up for storage
Not as stable
Need a board for support of drawing pads

Watercolour Field Easel
Folds for storage
Tilts to multiple angels
Handy for taking outdoors
Need board for the watercolour paper or a watercolour block


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