Here is an easy to make easel, one that is collapsible, easy to store and carry, and is very inexpensive to make (essentially nothing if you have a few basic materials lying around. Not only can it suffice as an easel, I use it for a copy stand when I want to copy something
that is too large to scan. Using a few pieces of cardboard, a piece or two of wood, one piece of 1/8 inch pressboard for the support arm, and some paint if desired, this can be made in a very short period of time. I priced some easels and they start at around $50 or so. For short term, occasional use, this fills the bill admirably. You can adjust dimensions depending on your own needs. Size is not that important.
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