Why I think every artist or aspiring artist should have an easel.
An easel allows you to work vertically which makes your painting more accurate because that is how your artwork will be displayed or hung when it is complete. Generally, people are vertical and view things vertically, using an easel then can help you to have a better and more exact perspective in your art. Easels also protect your art work from spillage of paints and whatever else could be easily knocked over on a flat desk or surface by a stray elbow or running child. Dust also settles less on the artwork if it is standing up rather than horizontal.
For me the two best things about having an easel is that I can step back and look at it from a distance and see what needs to be done to improve my art and I can swivel it to the lighting that I want.
What types of easels are there and which one should I get?
Cheap and cheerful canvas (table) easel sets in 4 different sizes, great for kids, kids parties, art parties, party favours and team building art activities. You could also create your own art gift for a friend or family member with these. Click to go to Canvas Easel Sets and choose the size you want.
2. Table Easels
Table easels are great for working on smaller art work and allow you to sit at the table with your art but you still get the benefit of working vertically. I have wooden table easel and the more popular aluminium table easel which can fold away neatly when not in use. The Aluminium Table Easel is lightweight and portable, designed for table top use with a sturdy hinged shelf and non-slip rubber feet. They have a foldable design for easy set up and carry. Click to see full easel range.
3. Portable Aluminium Easels
Black and silver aluminium easels are available on my store. I own one of these easels for my own use and its really great! They can't handle massive works, I would say A1 would be max but A2 more comfortable. This easel can be used as a table easel and as a standing easel as it has 3 adjustable sizes. It's also so light weight and comes with a bag, so you can take it anywhere which is a massive bonus if you want to paint or sketch on holiday or if you travel to paint landscapes. Click here to buy a Black Aluminium Easel or a Silver Aluminium Easel Now.
4. Display Easels
I have a kiddies easels and a Larger Adult one. First off, the kids will love to paint their artwork on these and secondly, they adjust to match your childs height as they grow. You can put a chalk board on it or canvas for painting
The Larger adult one is more of an extra-large easel as far as I am concerned and its very sturdy too, so it is perfect for large and small art works.
These easels are given a coat of varnish but can come raw but I personally dont like to touch raw wood. They are attached to the back leg with a stron string and not a chain.
Is a large easel for display or painting and has a chain connecting with the leg at the back, holes for the pegs also go lower to handle an even bigger Canvas.
If you want to support local then all 3 of these easels are ideal because they were hand crafted right here in South Africa which also makes them very affordable. Click here to see the full range of easels available on Addicted To Art. Read more
This Lyre easel has a higher quality finish but does come in a flat pack so there will be some minor asembly needed for set up. Lyre easels are also known as A frame easels, are adjustable to suit a sitting or standing artist. They have two legs in the front, and a rear swinging leg at their back.
A Lyre easels shape allows for it to be placed in a corner or other small spaces. The rear leg can also sit completely flat against the body of the easel to allow for easy storage.
This Wooden Studio A Frame easel is fully adjustable and can support canvases up to 127cm in size and can be used in the studio or to display art works.
Whichever easel you choose, have fun creating! Please leave a comment on which is your favourite easel and why.