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My Favorite Taboret and Watercolor Easel

When it comes to a complete studio, a Taboret is an artists best friend. Watercolor painting involves numerous tools and supplies that need to be stored away when not in use, as well as a work surface that is compact and can be tucked into a corner.

There are many inexpensive ways to create a work surface. Unfortunately, they don't always lend themselves to maintaining a neat and orderly studio. For example, I have used an 8" table and attached a watercolor easel.

I also have two plastic storage units from K-mart but most of my daily watercolor supplies used to sit on the table and never seemed to make it to storage before someone walked into the studio. This doesn't make for a neat and orderly appearance (aren't Artists know for Creative Clutter?).

I have spent a long time searching for the perfect solution. One that allows for storage and a work surface.  You're work style and personal organizational impulses will dictate which solution works best for you. Here are two suggestions based on my research that should provide a solution for you.

Best Shawn's Watercolor Station

Best Shawn's Watercolor StationThis taboret provides quite a bit of storage. Unfortunately, it appears that you must paint flat. Painting flat doesn't work for me, but many watercolorists paint flat. If you fall into that category, this may be the solution for you.

I'm not quite sure what you would store in the side panels. It appears that paper towels, water containers and, perhaps, palettes could fit here as indicated in this picture. When you open this up, this a large work surface, but you would need an additional watercolor easel to give you a slanted painting surface.

As I kept looking for a better choice I did find my favorite.  This taboret solves a multitude of neatness problems in my studio.  Knowing the amount of equipment, watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, containers, etc. that I own, I still need two cheap storage units to take care of my clutter.

Best Sitha's Taboret and Easel

Now this taboretBest Sitha's Taboret and Easel really works for me. It folds like a piece of furniture and doesn't take up as much room as the 8 ft table that I've used. This also hides much of my equipment, like watercolor brushes, water bottles, paints, etc.

I'm not sure it's possible for me to keep my studio completely neat, but this helps!

The slide out drawer beneath the watercolor easel offers a place to put your palette and water bucket; and your knees will fit nicely underneath it as well. Personally, I stand when I paint but eventually sit down when doing the fine detail.

While this appears to be an oil painting easel, it does slant like watercolor easels. If you prefer to work flat it can be used when it is closed. All of my life I have had make-shift desks and painting surfaces. I really love this unit!

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