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The Marquis Artists Desk Easel by Art Alternatives

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  • A portable miniature desk that converts to a painting easel
  • An easel that adjusts to four different positions
  • Has a drawer with three compartments to hold brushes, and other essential gear
  • Cleverly designed and light-weight yet sturdy
  • Accommodates canvas art and prints up to 11 x 14 inches
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  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002Y6CWCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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Product Description

Both portable and compact this desk easel features a folding easel that adjusts to four positions. The Marquis can accommodate a canvas or drawing board up to 14 inches wide. Cleverly designed it has a drawer with three compartments to hold brushes paints pencils scissors and other essential gear. The drawer latches securely for storage or during trips. Folded dimensions are 13-1/4 inches wide by 10-1/2 inches high by 2-3/4 inches deep. Very light weight. Includes a wooden palette that fits into the drawer and comes with a sturdy handle for carrying.


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Customer Reviews

It is very well made and very stable.
D. Blankenship
Esp. like the little drawer and carrying handle--making it perfect for sketching outdoors.
Susan Williamson
And the drawer is perfect for storing pencils or paint brushes.
Tricia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

What a nice little portable easel this has been. It completely fulfills several particular needs I have. I have several easels of different sizes, shapes, functions...big ones, small ones...good ones and bad. Surprisingly, for the cost, this is one of the most versatile I own.

Other than my office, which is not really an office per se, but rather a largish multiple functional room, I paint either on my back porch or on an old wooden table I have stuck in the woods behind my house. When I paint on the porch or in the woods I use this particular easel. When I am in the woods and the light changes, it is an easy matter to move all my work stuff.

This little thing is extremely well built considering its cost. It is so simple to set up that even I, who has problems even stacking two brick together correctly, find it impossible to mess up. It is stoutly built and can take quite a bit of abuse. I, for the most part paint small things and use small canvases or canvas boards. I do not paint large sweeping landscapes. I paint flowers, leaves, bugs and other critters. I also use a very limited number of colors. (I find that mixing my own color is half the fun of painting). The drawers on this unit hold enough to meet my needs.

There are a couple of things to note here:

As one reviewer as pointed out, the drawer does tend to stick at times. I solved this by using some wax (Paraffin) on the sides and that solved that problem.

The palette is wood. I use both oils and acrylics. Acrylics do not do well on wooden palettes. I solved this by spraying, with several coats, the entire palette with clear acrylic sealer. Works like a charm.

I have two other easels that are designed much like this one...or at least use the same concept.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Richie on October 4, 2010
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Good consruction.I have used it for canvas up to 14X18.Good to take outdoors but of course you need a table for set up.So far I have used it mainly inside.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2011
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This is a very straightforward design.
To use it, simply unlock it and pull the the board up. You don't even need a manual to set it up smoothly first time!
And despite its simple design, it does not look like a poor-man's tool. Three of my best friends guessed its price -- at $40-50!

Also, this easel is very firmly built. It is designed with metal joints and geometrically stiff shapes. This means that in order to break it, either the hard metal joints have to give in or a piece of the easel has to break in half; both of which are improbable.
(I've used easels not built this way; they are, instead, built by pressing flat-ended screws against the wooden pieces and relying on the friction between the screw and the wooden surface to hold it up. Over time, the wooden surface gives way, and my easel falls down even though every piece is fine. That won't happen with this beauty!)

This easel, compared to other tripod designs, is great for small-scaled close observations of small objects on the table; you can literally paint objects that stand 12 inches from your eyes. (I personally used it to paint dried flowers I place on my table; my pictures are approximately 3 x 5 inches)
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Cooper on April 22, 2010
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This is a nice little easel. Works right. Easy to travel. Get's the job done. Great for the price. Palette is a bit frustrating because the paints soak into it and stay there (I use acrylics). Aside from that very nice.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By JD on May 4, 2012
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The easel was great - except the hinge was basically broken upon delivery, thus the easel part could not be confidently raised into position. My five star rating reflects both the satisfaction experience dealing with customer service and the easel itself.

Dealing with Art Alternatives was an extreme pleasure. Upon giving them my Amazon order # and a picture of the issue, they immediately offered to replace at no charge and with no shipping issues. The customer service rep I spoke with was understanding and kind.

I've dealt with very poor 3rd party Amazon companies. Very glad to say Art Alternatives is one of the good ones. Would gladly purchase from them again.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By KayakGirl on January 13, 2011
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I purchased this for my neice who is a budding artist. I like the way it quickly sets up on a table...free standings easels are tedious to put up and take down everytime you want to draw or paint. I also like how it stores paints, brushes, and the palatte. Very conveinent!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Serious Desi on August 7, 2011
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I love this little easel.
It holds most of my drawings and for it's price it can't be beat.
The drawer is roomy, but sometimes it can be a bit difficult to close.
It fits my my backpack easily, and isn't much heavier than my laptop.

I use it on my table, on my bed and on the floor. :)
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on July 21, 2011
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I like this product. It was useful to hold my canvas board (smaller size) to places so that I can paint. I wouldn't recommend this easel for canvases. It doesn't have much support. I found myself holding the canvas board at most times to keep it steady when I'm painting.
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