An easel holds your artwork at a good angle for working. If you work small to medium-sized then a table easel might be a good choice. You can sit at a table to work and the paper or canvas is held up for you. Then when you are finished you can put it away on a shelf or in a cupboard.
Here at Jackson’s we stock 22 styles of table easels ranging from £6.50 to £110.00. These include simple fold-up A-frame designs, lightweight aluminium styles, those that double up as a storage box so you can carry your materials as well, and lovely Italian wood easels that look like miniature studio easels.
Table easels are perfect for artists that like to work relatively small scale, like to work sitting down, or have limited space in which to work. Tripod table easels are like mini A-frame easels and are available in wood or aluminium. They tend to fold very compactly and are adequate for light work, but do not offer as much stability as an H-frame table easel. Some of the table easels offer a drawer at the bottom – this extra storage space is fantastically useful if you are taking your table easel to an art class.
Box easels use the lid of the box as the canvas support, which can be positioned to your desired working angle. This offers a really sturdy and ergonomic support on which to place your canvas for work. Another form of box easel is the pochade box. These are especially designed for working out of doors. They appear from the outside as if they are a regular painter’s travel case but inside the lid is a board that can be folded out at an upright angle and painting panels can be fixed to this board using the clips attached to it. In the box there is enough storage space for your paints, brushes and mediums. The lid that holds the paints in also has some holes which you can hold your brushes in for ease of accessibility. A tripod is also available for the pochade which means that you can set up and paint anywhere.
Brands of table easel include: Winsor & Newton, Mabef, Daler-Rowney, Jakar and our own Jackson’s make. Any of these would make a lovely gift for the artist in your life, by itself or included with a collection of art materials.
Click on the underlined link to go to All Artists’ Easels on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39.