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Old 03-07-2018, 03:19 PM
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On the Cheap

I'm excited to go to the lake this summer and paint. However, I'm not in a place where I can buy a fancy set up (even $100 is too much right now). Can I see your "on the cheap" plein air setups? I will either use oils or acrylics, depending on how I feel that day.

(If there's already a thread for this - can someone point me in the right direction?)

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Old 03-07-2018, 06:40 PM
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Re: On the Cheap

I made my own. If you already have a tripod it won't take much time or money to fabricate a pretty nice setup.

This thread on WC has some good images to show you how to build the mast. A palette shelf can be simple or fancy. Mine is similar to the one in the second link below.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ghlight=tripod

http://www.thomaskitts.com/2014/09/b...air-shelf.html
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Re: On the Cheap

a small d.i.y pochade box is cool...
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Re: On the Cheap

I paint with acrylics while sitting down with the canvas or watercolor pad on my lap. My lap is very portable.

I carry everything in a tote bag...the paints in a ziplock bag. I use a disposable plastic container for a palette.

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Old 03-08-2018, 07:02 AM
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Re: On the Cheap

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I paint with acrylics while sitting down with the canvas or watercolor pad on my lap. My lap is very portable.

I carry everything in a tote bag...the paints in a ziplock bag. I use a disposable plastic container for a palette.

where can I buy your lap?
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Here's my DIY pochade

You can DIY a pochade from any box that suits you. Cigar boxes are an old traditional favorite and dirt cheap to work with.

My video here will show you how I did one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLfFelGgvdk
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Re: On the Cheap

Fancy easels are fun but if you really want to go light or cheap all you need is a folding stool or old chair and a drawing board. The latter can be almost any thing you can tape a panel to... I like scrap plexiglass plastic sheets; the plastic used on storm doors. Perhaps an apron, some bug repellant, an umbrella, the latter for shade.

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Old 04-02-2018, 10:21 PM
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Fancy easels are fun but if you really want to go light or cheap all you need is a folding stool or old chair and a drawing board. The latter can be almost any thing you can tape a panel to... I like scrap plexiglass plastic sheets; the plastic used on storm doors. Perhaps an apron, some bug repellant, an umbrella, the latter for shade.

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Actually, just that lap mentioned before, a sturdy enough surface to paint on, and something to lean against or sit on.
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