Let´s talk easels

If you are an artist painting with oils or acrylics, you probably have an easel. I must admit my easel was the source of very inconsistent painting sessions when I started out. It was one of those cheaper and unstable ones where you have to clamp the canvas between two wooden clasps, that always covered a bit of the canvas, so that you had two white stripes at the top and bottom of your finished painting.

Long story short: I didn´t really like it.


So I started researching easels and found out that good easels are quite expensive. So buying one was not an option.

Since I like working with wood, I thought about building one myself, but how?

The criteria were:

  • no clasping mechanism
  • easy to build
  • not expensive
  • it also had to bear large canvases up to 150cm in length or height
  • NOTE: I did NOT require it to be foldable


After another research session, I found a good instruction for a slim yet stable easel that fulfilled all the criteria above.


Here´s a link to the video by Mark Carder.


After a while I realised that I wanted to paint more than one painting at a time. Taking one painting in progress off and putting the next in place soon got tiring since I tend to switch quite often.

So I started searching for other solutions again. This time with the following criteria in mind.

  • no clasping mechanism
  • easy to build
  • not as expensive as easels from the store
  • ability to bear large canvases up to 150cm in length or height
  • plus: easier to change between canvases


And lucky me I found another artist kind enough to share his solution for building an easel.


Here´s the link to video number two by Andrew Tischler.


This time it was a wall easel consisting of two parts: The wall construction and wooden strips to screw to the canvas. The latter fits the former like a jigsaw piece and although no screws are used to put those two together, the whole construction is quite stable.




I am still very happy with both of my easels and I highly recommend building them, if you struggle to find the right easel for you.

If you decide to build one of them, let me know how you like it. See you in March. :)

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