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    Jo SheridanJo Sheridan
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    So, I think its time I invested in an easel that I can stand up at. I have a table top one which has been good for small canvas oils and up to UK A3 size drawings (29.7 x 42.0 cm), but I want to start doing some larger pieces where I can stretch my paper onto a board and then get going. I don’t have masses of space. I am indoors.

    I am confused as to which sorts of easels should be used for what – why would an easel say it is for “Oil and Acrylic” or “Watercolour” – what is it about them that makes them medium specific?
    Studio easels look small, and then I’ve just seen a Lyre easel, which also looks small – but there is nothing to say – benefits of this one are…XYZ, and the drawbacks are…XYZ – I did like the look of a studio easel, but then when I read the reviews they were talking about it hitting the ceiling! what is that all about??

    Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks.



    Daniel DaigleDaniel Daigle
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    Hi Jo, from what I’ve seen online, watercolor easels allow the canvas to rotate back 90 degrees and lay flat like a table top so that the watercolor does not drip.
    I also know that some easels have a central telescoping piece of wood that allows you to hold very tall canvases, this might be whats hitting the ceiling.

    I want to invite you to the NMA discord server. You may have better luck finding answers in the #traditional-materials-and-tools channel.
    The link to join discord is at the top of this page. Once there you can tag @nmamod for assistance if needed

    Good luck!

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