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MsNat
08-30-2008, 07:07 PM
I was planning to get the Open Box M but was told by them that it is not available now - they are trying to work out some flaws and it may be a few months or so before they have time to work on an improved design. So I checked into the Versa and it seems like it would be a good solution. Would like to know what you all think (pro and con) before I make my decision. Thanks in advance...

Donna T
08-30-2008, 07:26 PM
Hi Natalie, I got the next smaller size than the Versa, the Pro. I was afraid the Versa might be too heavy for me. Here's a thread where Marc Hanson describes how he made the Versa even better. I got the dividers for the Versa and my husband cut them to fit in the Pro. We made the inner lid like Marc did too - I can't imagine they sell it for pastels without that extra bit of padding. I love this box and hope to get many years of use out of it. The tripod that comes with it is real sturdy too.

Donna

Oops, almost forgot that link:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409005

artist_pw
08-30-2008, 08:33 PM
Hi:

I noticed the other day when my hubbie was working doing some sheet rock - there are plastic corners that look like they might work well for dividers and comes shaped like an L and in differing heights. The sides are perforated, and the shorter sizes look like they would be great for dividers in pretty open boxes. When I get some scraps, I'll snap some photos, but I just thought I'd mention those because they look very lightweight, sturdy and like you wouldn't have to have slots in the sides of your box for them.

Donna T
08-30-2008, 09:12 PM
That sounds interesting, Paula. It would be great to be able to use something like that to make dividers for a box. I forgot to mention that the box I got does not have slots cut in it because it wasn't made for pastels but the divider fits in tightly so the slots aren't really necessary.

Donna

HarvestMoon
08-30-2008, 09:17 PM
sure looks like a very nice box...the easel on the top would be really handy!

Studio-1-F
08-30-2008, 09:58 PM
Would like to know what you all think (pro and con) before I make my decision. Thanks in advance...
The Artwork Essentials Easy L boxes (http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/index.htm) have better hardware (in my sole opinion) than the Open M. I have the Lite (http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/EASyL-Lite/index.htm) and I like it very much.

For plein air pastels, don't forget the Heilman Backpack Box. Here's my short review (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7068851&postcount=13) on that Heilman box.

Jan

doe
08-31-2008, 09:31 AM
Hi - I just posted on another thread recommending the Versa to someone there, although I own the Pro and find it ok for both oils and pastels. This is a great easel. I haven't worried about dividers because I carry the pastels in a separate case and put the open case in the pallette area once I'm set up. It just makes it more versatile for me because my plein air work has been mostly oils. Some day I'll buy a second one exclusively for pastels that way either set up will be always ready to go.

Cindy234
09-01-2008, 10:45 PM
A year and a half later, I love that EasyL Versa!

MsNat
09-01-2008, 11:15 PM
It's so helpful to have info from people who have first hand experience with the product. Thank you all very much - I think I will get the Versa - now I just need to find a really light weight folding chair/stool. Any suggestions on that?!! ... And while I'm pushing the envelope here...any thoughts on the backpack that Art Essentials has? -Natalie

doe
09-02-2008, 08:03 AM
Sorry - I stand when painting and although the backpack looks nice I don't have one but I did just buy the umbrella.

helenh
09-02-2008, 10:20 AM
It's so helpful to have info from people who have first hand experience with the product. Thank you all very much - I think I will get the Versa - now I just need to find a really light weight folding chair/stool. Any suggestions on that?!! ... And while I'm pushing the envelope here...any thoughts on the backpack that Art Essentials has? -Natalie

I bought a nice lightweight cheapie from Walmart that comes with a carrying pouch. About $8.

Donna T
09-02-2008, 12:57 PM
Natalie, I hope you'll be really happy with your Versa. They are well made boxes. Here's a link to the folding chair I got and am very happy with. After struggling with camp stools I found this one and like it because it sits up higher than most - 22in. As long as you don't mind the fact that it can also double as a cane, but I fugure I'm not getting any younger and if I need it for that someday I'll be all set! :) It's very lightweight; I have carried it with my finger before when hands and arms were full. I don't have the backpack from Artwork Essentials but it sure looks nice.

http://www.sitincomfort.com/posefocaslse.html

Donna

Studio-1-F
09-02-2008, 08:32 PM
. . . now I just need to find a really light weight folding chair/stool. Any suggestions on that?!! ...
I love this one. (http://www.comfortstoredirect.com/storeproduct517.aspx) It's heavy as heck, but with the backrest, oh so comfortable.

Jan

MsNat
09-02-2008, 10:15 PM
Thanks, Jan...I spotted the 'short people' version of this today after following Donna's link. I'm glad to know you love it - a back rest is what I need too and I need the shorter height or my feet don't touch the ground! And the short one only weighs 3 lbs too. I think I'm in heaven with Wet Canvas - so many people sharing and helping. Thanks to everyone - Natalie