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Oil Painter’s Supply List

Acrylic Painter’s Supply List

Pastel Supply List

Preparing a Hardboard Panel

Mounting Canvas on a Panel

Packing with Art Supplies

Plein Air Equipment:

There are lots of good websites and we are all pretty opinionated about our equipment. Pochade boxes, french easels, tripod easels all work well. I prefer tripod style easels with a shelf. They are lightweight and versatile.

Let us start with an inexpensive setup. You can do quite nicely with a good tripod type easel such as the Feather Pro, or the Dick Blick Aluminum Travel Easel. They are good choices. You will also need a shelf, and a palette. I love the Easel Butler. The Masterson Palette is a good palette choice. You can get plexiglass, glass, or paper palettes for the inside.

Easel Butler Shelf:

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This is the Dick Blick Aluminum Travel Easel. There are many similar easels that would work. The easel butler, a Masterson palette, and this easel, all work well together. Use palette paper, freezer paper, or glass cut to size for oils.

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I use a James Coulter Easel. Here are some other examples:


Joshua Been Daytripper palette/canvas holder/tripod:

John Coulter Easel. This is the medium size. I use the smallest size.
James Coulter Easel. This is the medium size. I use the smallest size.

There are also pochade boxes, various other shelves, etc. Guerilla and Sierra make some nice pochades. There are some great professional brands out there. I just am not comfortable having everything balanced on a tiny little tripod ball.