As my drawing and especially watercolor painting becomes more and more a part of my life, I decided I want to be able to take it on the road.
At present, I take pics with my cell phone when we are out for a drive, and make a few notes in my notebook, then when I am home I print the picture and then create my ink and watercolors using my picture as a reference. But I was toying with the idea of being able to actually spend an afternoon somewhere in a park and paint "plein aire" which of course means to paint on site.
I don't want a cumbersome setup, I don't really want to stand out too much, was thinking a portable easel that I could sit at a picnic table for example, or in a hotel room, or whenever the mood strikes. I came across this portable watercolor easel that I will be asking for my birthday this year! (a great way to get extra art supplies) This particular one comes with supplies especially for watercolor artists. Check it out:
There are many easels on the market and it really depends on your painting personality as to how large you want or how portable it must be. For example if you rely on public transport you don't want to be lugging around a larger easel. I thought this was perfect as the supplies are designed to fit in the provided drawer space and it comes with a bag so you can also carry your watercolor paper and have everything in one spot.
The only thing I noticed that did not come with the above portable watercolor easel set was a good set of clips to keep your watercolor paper stretched and to actually hold it on the easel especially if you are painting outdoors, you don't need that strong wind taking it away.
I love the idea of things neatly packaged up and everything having its place. This would also make a great gift idea to any creative person on your list.
At home I have a tilted desk that makes it easier to draw and paint, but I am certainly loving the idea of this portable watercolor easel that I could setup super quick (anything that needs a lot of fussing simply doesn't work for me.) You just need to have a source of water if you use watercolor paints and that is it.
Quick set up, and get right down to business. I thought it would be cool to draw and paint the skyline from a hotel window that we recently stayed in, so having this set would have been super handy, this is what got me researching different portable watercolor easels.
Shopping Online for Art Supplies
You may have checked out my previous post on how to find cheap art supplies which should give you some good ideas, but I have also found comparing prices online helps a lot, especially with Amazon. Many of my name brand supplies are cheaper this way. If you love to create then keeping your supplies in check will also keep your budget in check. So this full kit that I don't have to stock works perfect for my next travel date or even a day in the park.
Happy April and Happy Creating my Fellow Artists!
Hi there! My name is Diane Palmer, and I love to draw and paint. I love to try new things, and in this blog and my website you will see the results of my artistic endeavors!