My Plein Air Kit for Watercolors
Spring is here and yesterday I went out for my first paint out with the Plein Air Painters Chicago. I took my Plein Air kit and DIY easel out and I wanted to share with you how I put it together. While looking for a solution, I came across Joe Cartwright’s website where he shared his own DIY watercolor easel. Joe Cartwright is an Australian watercolor artist, teacher, and author. I love his work and thought it a good idea to take his advice.
The easels I worked on last year didn’t work out. One broke after a couple of uses and my other solution was uncomfortable. And while I love my Echr Lab Sketch bag, it’s great for sketching and walking around with it on but having it attached to my tripod just didn’t work comfortably.
Having all of the components for Joe’s easel, I decided to take it on and make a version of it myself. On his website he goes on to show how to add a palette and brush holder but I did that a little differently.
Below is my easel and plain air set-up.
Watercolor Plein Air Easel How I carry and assemble my watercolor easel
In My Plein-Air Bag The tools and accessories I carry
I hope these few tips and tools help you. It took a little more time and creativity to put together this kit but it’s worked better than I hoped for so far. Use what works for you. Test things out before committing to them and event hough there are great easels out there, don’t make the big investment until you know it will work for you. How will you know? By trial an error and by talking to other Plein Air painters in your medium about what works for them and why.
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