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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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The Marquis easel is a portable miniature desk that converts to a painting easel with one simple adjustment - and folds up just as easily. The folding easel adjusts to four positions and will accommodate a canvas up to 11x14 inches. Cleverly designed and light-weight yet sturdy, it has a drawer with three compartments to hold brushes, paints, sketching tools and other essential gear.

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Product Dimensions 13.9 x 10.9 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer MACPHERSONS
ASIN B002Y6CWCM
Item model number AA13510
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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 25, 2011
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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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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This thing is beautiful, and inexpensive. It will not budge when your working on it, since it has four little rubber feet at each corner. Inside it has a fair amount of space to keep your brushes or paints in. The 11-Inch-by-14-Inch canvas fits perfectly on it. The picture can be misleading as it appears to have a stain and a coat of poly or protectant on it. The one I received did not.
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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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This is a really cleverly designed and helpful tool for artists, yet inexpensive. Whoever invented this is just plain genius! It made artist's life easier. You can place this easel on any flat surface. It comes with a handle, and everything latches into a place, so it is fully portable. This perfect little table top holds my painting in place perfectly. I use it every time I paint. The drawers hold things nicely, so your brushes and tubes of paint do not go rolling all over. The price is just right, so I feel I can just plunge right in and paint. This set also helped me learn what supplies I like, so when I get ready to select more advanced/expensive supplies and tools, I will know what I want. It is also handy to take outside to draw and paint. It would also be a good gift for someone who wants to paint. The smaller size definitely has its advantages, since this can be easily moved from place to place. Even if you own a full sized easel, this would be handy to have for portability. You can even pair this up with Art Tools.More or less they are at the same advantage.
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.
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