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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The SOLTEK Easel!

I wanted to show everybody the Soltek Easel and especially wanted the folks who use Soft Pastels to know the Soltek is the perfect easel for them!

#1 – The Soltek laying on the floor (for picture taking) at my feet with the shoulder strap. My husband isn’t home so I couldn’t take photos of it on my shoulder.

#2 – Pull the legs out. You can also just pull the legs out the legs while the easel is over your shoulder. You don’t have to put it down to pull out the legs.

#3 Spread the legs out and place on the ground (you can also do this while it’s on your shoulder also).

#4 – Pull the box up. (That is my kitten “Happy” checking things out.)

#5 – Open up the two compartments and lift the mast up (the mast will hold your surface). The compartments hold 4 Dakota boxes specifically made for the Soltek to hold soft pastels. As you can see, the 2 compartments flap open, thus making room for 4 Dakota boxes, but I only use 3 that are full of pastels.

#6 – Here is the first Dakota box open. I just put the tops aside while doing plein air.

#7 - Looking straight down on the open box, all 3 boxes are open and I leave the left surface open for pencils, charcoal, viewfinder, a bristle brush to brush off my mistakes

#8 – the mast is up and holding an Ampersand Pastelbord.

#9 – Here is one of the things that holds on to the surface you paint on. You’ll see its movement in the next photo.

#10 – You can tighten these things with the wrench that comes with the Soltek. You can see it in #7, up in the upper left corner, taped to the container.

#11 – Here is the mast in its up position. It expands to fit any media size.

#12 – Here is the mast in an almost closed state.

#13 – I’m ready to close everything back up again. Put the tops on the boxes. On the right side there are 2 boxes stacked, and on the left there is one box with a few accessories on top of it.

#14 – Both compartments closed.

#15 – The mast almost down into a closed position.

#16 – The mast in fully closed position.

#17 – All that needs to be done now is to collapse the legs and put them in their closed position at the sides of the easel. There are buttons at the bottom of the legs to get the legs to close.

See step 2 and then step 1.

And that’s it! It only takes about 30 seconds to set up this easel. Time definitely matters when working out in nature!

If anyone has any questions, please email me at, or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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