Art Alternatives Marquis Artists Adjustable Desk Box Easel, Natural
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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)
This is great for beginners and advanced painters. I would definitely recommend this awesome piece of tool to all painters who wish to make their lives a little breezy when painting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, a gold part is broken when I pull it out ..... but no big deal.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
For the price you can not go wrong with this easel, it is well made and really nice looking too.
I keep the pens/pencils/brushes/paints that I am using in the little... Read more
Very helpful and good quality especially for the price! Can be used for other things too, like cookbooks, laptops or e-readers.Published 2 days ago by peggy byers abby
Wow, this product is built so well! It's very sturdy, gets the job done, and it also collapses. 5/5Published 3 days ago by TB
My 12 year old loves to paint, so we got this for her room. She loves it. Drawer can get a tiny bit stuck, and she'll call me in her room and I can usually pretty easily un-jam... Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. Delgado
My artistic wife who likes to paint uses it and like everything about it.Published 4 days ago by Hank
This was a gift for my grandson and he loves it and all the other things that went with it. May have an artist on my hands and I love it.Published 4 days ago by ada gauthier
This easel was one of my best purchases so far! I can draw anywhere and anytime! I definitely recommend this!Published 6 days ago by Sophie