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Cowling and Wilcox offers a vast range of affordable studio easels and table easels for adults, beginners, students, and artists. shop easels today! Read More

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Whether you're a wonder with watercolours or an acrylic enthusiast, you’ll need a solid and affordable easel. When finding the perfect artist's easel, sturdiness is key, which is why we supply stock from the best brands, including Daler-Rowney, Loxley and Jakar. We also offer high-quality, affordable easels from our own brand range.

Browse our range of studio easels and table easels, perfect for your day-to-day projects. Or, invest in a portable field easel for creating artwork on location. Our range includes professional artist easels and those suitable for beginners alike. Our selection of artist's easels will also suit a variety of canvas sizes, leaving you free to create art at a number of scales.

Artist's easels vary in cost and quality, and you'll find that our range has something to offer every artist, no matter budget, space or preference. No studio is complete without an artist's easel. Whether you prefer the highly adjustable functions of a radial easel, a sturdy H-frame easel which will accommodate larger boards and canvases, or a compact field easel, there is something in our range for each and every artist.  Get stuck in and shop our range of affordable easels today - from professional artist’s painting easels, fit for the best equipped studio, to portable sketching easels, perfect for students. 

For more information on how to paint on canvas, including tips on priming and the best paints to use, read our blog.

Types of Art Easel

The main types of easels for artists include portable easels, studio easels, table easels and sketching easels. There are many more names for easels but all main types can be divided into these categories.

We explain each of the main types of easels and which would be perfect for you;

  • Portable Easels - These are generally full length easels that fold easily and can be used if you are working outdoors or on-site.

  • Studio Easels - these come in a range of different sizes but are generally intended to stay in one studio and are not easily portable.

  • Table Easels - smaller easels intended to be placed on a table top. These are perfect if you are limited on space or prefer sketching and painting while seated.

  • Sketching Easels - These are a combination of portable and studio easels, designed for people that prefer sketching to painting.

Painting Easels

Easels are by no means a necessity when it comes to painting. If you feel more comfortable not using one, it is absolutely fine to paint however you want. However, it is worth trying one out to see how it feels. It may feel strange at first with your painting hand having no support, but as your painting is in a more upright position, your shoulders and arms are more free and can make your strokes bigger and more expressive. 

When you are painting from life, an easel can be a great help. As you are not constantly looking up at your subject, your measurements and proportions can be more accurately worked out, helping you to create more realistic artwork.

If you are looking for more details on how to start painting on canvas, check out our blog. We provide Tips for Priming a Canvas and great advice on How to Paint on Canvas.


Setting Up an Easel

There is no perfect position for an artist’s easel to be in. It is simply important that it feels comfortable for you. There are a few factors you should bear in mind when adjusting your easel. If you are drawing from life, make sure that your easel is angled so that you have a good view of your subject. The height and the angle at which your surface is sitting are both factors entirely up to you and what is comfortable whilst you work. Don’t forget to use your clamps to keep your surface still as you paint to give you the desired finish.


Art Easel Brands

The best easel for you will depend on your materials and your personal preferences. Cowling & Wilcox have a great selection, below are some excellent options from our range or brands:

  • Cowling & Wilcox: Our own range of easels offer a professional-looking affordable option. We have artist’s easels for every purpose so that you can find the right one for you. 

  • Daler-Rowney: The different ranges offered by Daley-Rowney mean that whatever medium you use to paint, you can find your perfect match. Whether you’re just starting to use an easel or you’re a seasoned professional looking to freshen up your studio, you’re sure to find a quality easel from Daler-Rowney.

  • Jakar: These super light-weight aluminium easels are super easy to transport and set up. Whilst they offer no tilt, they make great field easels for painters that want to be up-close and personal to their subjects.

  • Winsor & Newton: Made from quality beechwood, Winsor & Newton easels provide a solid surface for even the biggest of canvases. 

  • Loxley: Loxley are known for their quality easels and affordable prices. For a professional finish, Loxley is a great choice.

  • Quantum: For fun, quality and affordable table easels, Quantum easels create a solid surface for your painting. These incredible easy-to-transport easels even make a great gift for budding artists.

All you might need now is something to paint. Our blog is full of helpful tips and interesting articles, including How to Find Inspiration For Your Art.