What easel is for you? The easel is a simple and elegant tool.
In terms of utility, every easel does essentially the same thing: it serves as a stand to hold your artistic surface.
There are many different types of easels available. This article is to help you determine what easel best suits you based on your artistic style.
Easels are not cheap, so it is important to do your research before you hit that buy button.
The Minimalist Easel
A-Frame easels have three legs (two at the front and one at the back) and are very portable and affordable, at the expense of stability.
A-Frame easels can handle artworks up to around 75″ tall and generally range between $50 and $300.
The Tall & Skinny Easel
A single mast easel is the most basic and affordable type of easel. However it is also the least stable and sturdy.
A single mast easel may be appropriate if you are a student and have a limited budget.
The Journeyman's Easel
French easels are like tabletop easels with legs. I currently use a French easel and could not be happier.
French easels have built in storage and fold into a compact portable box. My only criticism of my current French easel is that it can be slightly unstable, but nothing more than a slight annoyance and I would purchase again.
The Lazy Person's Easel
If you are struggling for space or simply prefer to work on a desk, then a tabletop easel is for you. These are fantastic in that they:
- Allow you to sit down and work from your desk
- Can come with built in storage
- Are sturdy and compact
Tabletop art easels are available in A-Frame, H-Frame and single mast designs.
The Strong & Steady Easel
A H-frame easel is your best choice for a studio easel. They are broad, sturdy, and they won’t move under your brush. Opposed to the more portable A-frame, a good H-frame won’t fall or move.
Since your studio easel shouldn’t be moving all that much, you can treat it more like a piece of furniture.
Many studio H-frame easels come with built-in paint stations, folding surfaces to hold your supplies, shelves, and paper towel holders. Whether or not you want these extras is mostly a matter of personal taste.
The No Messing Around Easel
Giant easels are for those who work with large scale works. When I say large, I mean LARGE.
Giant easels can handle canvas paintings anywhere between 85″ to 120″ tall. These easels are extremely sturdy and strong in order to support the heavy canvas frame.
Giant easels are expensive, ranging between $300 and $1,800 depending on the quality.
The Multitasker's Easel
Convertible easels are extremely versatile in that they can “convert” between a standard upright easel and a horizontal, tabletop easel.
If you paint in a range of mediums including oils, acrylic and watercolors, then this is the easel for you.
The upright position is used for the oils and acrylics, whilst a more horizontal position is used for watercolors, drawing & pastels.
The Showpony Easel
A display easel is a beautiful, classic and classy way to display a painting. These easels are generally not for painting on, as they are not very sturdy. They are merely for aesthetic purposes.
A display easel can be a great way to display your feature piece in a gallery.
The Children's Easel
Children are often the most creative of us all. They will not be able to work with the larger easels mentioned earlier. Instead they need more tailor made easels for children.
Easels for children are generally adjustable so they can grow with the child. You can also get easels for children with a built-in chalkboard or magnetic board.
Picking the right easel is all about figuring out what sort of artist you are and then just selecting the best easel to suit your style.
If you are not sure what easel would suit you, feel free to send me a message.
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