I have gotten many ideas over the years on easels for pastel painting, particularly here on Wet Canvas. I have for years used an old dry erase board screwed to wall as my easel, but it was limiting and had no adjustment ability. I have finally settled on a more user friendly wall easel design and managed to get it built. I wanted to share with you all...paying it forward for the benefit of others
This first photo shows the main setup.
a. the back board on which everything is mounted is 3.5 ft by 5 feet wide. The shelves and easel pieces can be removed quickly and I can have a huge blank art surface to use if I would want to.
b. the back board is covered with grey colored heavy industrial strength
sheet vinyl flooring (like you would have in hospitals); which is easy to clean or tape things to.
c. both the computer shelf and work shelf below are adjustable and can
be totally removed with ease
d. the two grey vertical guides lock in place and can be easily removed
and place anywhere horizontally, or just removed, or just use one....
whatever you may need
e. the easel supports with knobs easily adjust up and down and will hold
both panels and canvas for oil painting
This next photo shows a dust collection tray (accessory rail thingy), that locks into easel supports. Not necessary, but I wanted an easy to remove, easy to clean dust tray.
Also, the work shelf underneath has a raised edge so no more pastels or pencils rolling off onto floor
This third photo shows how I like to set everything up to paint pastel on primed masonite board. This board is 16 x 20 inches. The top easel supports pivot and can be used to secure board or you can just use binder clips. My board I am painting on just sits on the top lip of my dust tray, which is just a leftover piece of pine door casing from remodeling my house.
The adjustable easel supports do have grooves that can lock boards or panels between the upper and lower, but this way is actually more stable to my liking. I also can paint directly to all edges with no obstructions.
Basically, everything adjusts. I can stand and paint; or sit and paint. I can paint both oils and pastels easily. I can remove everything quickly and just tape paper to the large backboard if I want. If I move to a different house, I can unscrew backboard and take to new location. I have an easy pastel dust tray that I can remove to clean.
Most everything was built with leftover wood and materials I had laying around. I had to buy shelf brackets and knobs, but thats about it.
This last photo is just an overview of my setup with my pastels set-up alongside on my work cabinet/table