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06-12-2012, 09:36 AM
Maybee there is already someone who asked this.

I just bought a new easel, a Mabef/27 field easel with 'arms' to
put the pastel box on. Then I noticed a problem that I was not thinking
about before.

All the dust from the pastels fell into the box and easel and that is not
good, when you have organized all the pastels nicely in the box haha.
Hmm I put a paper shelf with tape but it came off.

Has anyone else found a solution to this? Maybee I have to go to the shop
where they sell wood stuff to build me a shelf...

06-12-2012, 10:18 AM
I don't know your particular easel, but I'm guessing that many pastel artists do have to make their own "catch tray." Personally, I use the long thin box that you get aluminum foil or wax paper in. Makes a nice tray and is inexpensive!


06-12-2012, 01:02 PM
Easy shmeeze.... I make my catcher tray out of a long 6 inch piece of mat board that is just scored down the middle and folded. I've kept them for years and years...

Lately I've started putting baby wipes or damp paper towels into the tray to catch the pastel as it drops so it won't go airborne as easily.

Enjoy your easel. I love my Julian and my Mabef.


06-12-2012, 04:23 PM
You have smart solutions.
How do you adhere the tray to the easel? I tried with tape because
I needed a qick solution, but it fell of. The pastel box is right under the
place where I put the painting, I mean its position its not out of the easel.

So I just folded a paper and put tape there, between the place where the
painting is and the box,but the tape solution was not good

06-12-2012, 05:48 PM
This "model" doesn't solve the problem for lightweight easels but is great for studio easels! The panel sits over the box so the dust from the painting falls directly into the box. The box has a screen on it that is easily removed. When you want to empty the box, it tilts slightly forward and comes off the panel, still keeping all the dust in the box. I like to use the dust to make my own gray pastel logs.

It also has magnet accessories that hold your paper and/or panels so you don't have to tape things to foamboard or clip them.


You can get more information about the product here: http://artstudiotools.com/

My husband originally made this tool for me, now he offers them for other artists.

06-12-2012, 10:16 PM
Baby wipes. Who knew?

06-13-2012, 10:06 AM
This "model" doesn't solve the problem for lightweight easels but is great for studio easels!
Wow! That's a great-looking easel accessory! :thumbsup: But at 17 pounds it sure isn't for plein air work, as you say. I guess magnetizing the whole panel makes it pretty heavy, right?

Still, very ingenious!


06-13-2012, 03:26 PM
No it's not for light easels...but it's AWESOME and works great! I love mine.
This problem comes up every once in a while for folks new to the gig. I just pick out the color scheme I am going to use, put em in a small plastic tray and cover the rest with a small towel. That way I am not distracted by all the other candies....:lol:

06-13-2012, 04:35 PM
That, Sandy was a very smart solution. Not to have to tape every paper!!
Can you use this one for heavier paper? How many kilos do you think its

I understand that its best for studio easels because the field easel I have
is light weight.

Drusilla that is also one solution, but when you use the towel, how do you
do with the dust, do you re-use it? If you paint plein-air you can ofcourse
collect the dust and later on throw it away. I have to practice this and learn
because in the beginning I would lift the towel all the time to look at the other
pastels, hahaha. But you have learnt how to pick the pastels.

06-13-2012, 10:44 PM
Hi AnnaLisa,
Yes, you can use this with heavy paper and canvas. If I have done the conversion correctly, it is approximately 8 kilos and, as I mentioned, intended for the studio (a plein aire version is planned but not yet ready).

Thank you Drusilla, I am so happy you are enjoying your Attache Board :clap:

06-14-2012, 04:27 PM
Thank you Sandy that you told me how many kilos.
It would be great to see the one for plein air when it is ready.

I must say that your paintings in the bottom of the post look

06-15-2012, 06:13 PM
I bought a heavy weight aluminum foil roasting pan at a dollar store for about $1. I cut it in half lengthwise, folded each half into half a trough, and joined the two halves with tape. My artboard sits in it and rests on the easel, catching all the dust (which I save). When I'm traveling, the artboard sits in it in my portfolio.


06-16-2012, 09:36 AM
Hi Jim
Wow that was smart:)

Do you have a picture to show us? Or maybee that is too much work.