Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Strada Easel made?
The Strada Easel is manufactured and assembled in the USA.
Why should I choose the Strada Easel over other pochade boxes?
The Strada Easel is a simpler, stronger, thinner portable box easel with a unique self-locking component. The Strada Easel offers significant improvements on the more conventional wood box easels on the market today. Made from high quality aluminum with fewer than half the parts of other easels and pochades, there is less to break down and wear out. It uses only one adjustable hand screw, two position control hinges to hold the box open at any angle up to 180 degrees, and a simplified tripod attachment. These features reduce weight and setup time. Furthermore, there are no parts that protrude from the sides, top or bottom surfaces making it easier to slip in and out of a backpack or carrying case.
Can the angle of the Strada Easel palette be tilted and adjusted? Can the angle of the canvas holder be adjusted too?
In case of glare from the sun on the palette and canvas holder, the Strada Easel’s can be easily adjusted by moving the lid back and forth (just like you would a laptop...without having to unscrew any hinges or bolts).
Do I need a palette to use with the Strada Easel?
Although the bottom of the easel can serve as the palette, we recommend a 1/8" glass or Plexiglas (included) palette (with the underside primed an off white or mid-tone matte gray spray paint) to be inserted and sealed to the bottom of the palette box. If you prefer to not use glass can paint directly on the box bottom.
How much does it weigh?
Here is a list of weights of the various equipment:
STRADA Easel 4 lb 11oz (including plexi palette)
STRADA MINI 2 lb 9oz (including plexi palette)
Side Tray 10oz
MINI Palette 5oz
STRADA Palette 11oz
Expandable Palette 5oz
What size panel/canvas can I paint on using the Strada Easel?
The Strada Easel can accommodate a panels with a vertical dimension between 1” to 16". There is no restriction on the canvas width. The Strada Easel can accommodate a 1/16", 1/8", 1/4" panel thickness.
Can the Strada Easel be placed on a tabletop and worked as a table easel?
Yes. The bottom of the easel is perfectly flat so the artist will be able to sit and paint from the Strada Easel on any flat surface.
Where do I hold the paper towels?
Many professional artists keep the paper towel roll under an arm. However, if you prefer you can hook a bungee cord on either side of the palette or on the legs of the tripod to serve as your paper towel holder.
How do I carry the Strada Easel?
The Strada Easel can be carried, along with other supplies, in a backpack or rolling carry bag.
Can you reuse the paint left in the palette for other painting location or other time?
Yes! The Strada Easel is designed so the paint can be left inside the box and kept moist for several days. Heat speeds up an oil paint’s dry time so keeping the paint box cool will allow it to stay wet longer. It can go in the freezer if you want to preserve paint longer. Do NOT use clove oil on or around the easel. It will damage the finish of the easel.
Do you have an oil painting kit?
Not at this time. However, we recommend the following supplies:
1. Strada Easel
2. Suiri tripod or other sturdy tripod with Manfrotto ballhead and quick release plate
3. Kelty Redwing 44 or other sturdy backpack
4. oil colors: Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Cobalt Blue Light
5. Brushes: hog bristle flats, filberts, or brights by Utrecht, Robert Simmons, or Silver Grand Prix.
6. Palette knife
7. Canvas, Linen or gessoed panels
8. Brush Washer MINI and Gamsol. 9. misc. items (optional): paper towels, plastic razor blade scraper, trash bags, hat, light weight jacket, snacks, water, sunscreen, bug repellant.
Can I buy the Strada Easel without a tripod?
Yes. We recommend using any sturdy tripod with a ball head attachment and quick release plate. The Strada Easel has a ¼” thread that accepts most tripods on the market today.
How do you ship?
We ship UPS, Fedex Ground or USPS. You may contact Strada to make other arrangements.
Can paint, brushes or canvas fit in my box?
Strada believes that ‘the lighter the pack, the better’. Some easels and boxes on the market today include room for materials and supplies. This makes the easel/box a much heavier and bulkier product. Strada recommends using the pockets in your backpack or a light weight brush holder, paint holder and wet panel holder instead of adding extra weight and size to the box.
Do you sell panels or wet panel holders?
Not at this time. We recommend you contact RayMar Art for quality panels and wet panel holders.
Can I use discount codes when purchasing?
Yes. Periodically, we send out discount/coupon codes for free shipping to newsletter subscribers. This is the best place to find up-to-date codes. We CANNOT honor codes found on third-party sites or codes that have passed their expiration date.