A number of people have been wanting a review of the StablO Nomadic Easel so today I’ll share a few personal comments.
The StablO is a beautiful lightweight wooden support board for your palette, water and other sketching tools which slides into the top of your sketchbook. To check out the features (including a video) please refer to the StablO page here and their Instagram account.
My first reaction when I received mine last year was that it was lighter than I expected. I did this sketch to compare its weight with my usual Coroplast (corrugated plastic) support board and clips. More about my support board here.
I was wondering about how effective the magnetic top was, and because both the body of my palette and the two mixing trays connect with the magnet, it is more secure than I expected. My palette has slid off a few times so I know to be careful to keep the board as horizontal as possible. As my water containers already have blu-tac on them, I don’t use the water container attachment or the magnetic feature to secure them.
The way that the StablO secures to your sketchbook is very versatile as it means you can easily use it for many different sketchbooks (with varying size and format) but it does mean that it’s not directly supporting the spine or the pages of your book. It works well for most hardcover books (including A4 portrait and landscape) but I found the StablO a little top heavy when using an A4 portrait book.
It’s not supportive enough for the first few or the last few pages of a softcover book. Once you are in the middle of a softcover book the pages of the book provide adequate support and so the StablO is usable.
The StablO would not work for sketchbooks with thick covers (such as handmade books with fabric covers) as they would not fit inside the slot. It’s a tight fit for the back cover and pocket in the Moleskine.
I prefer more support under my book as it feels more secure, but the design of the StablO is more versatile for different sketchbooks which is a big plus.
Overall I enjoy using the StablO as much as I use my other support boards. I don’t think one is much better than the other – but if I had to choose I prefer my own support boards as they are more supportive and secure. However I do need to have a few different sized support boards to suit different size sketchbooks.
The StablO is great to throw into my bag if I think I will need some kind of support and it’s nice to know that it will suit all my sketchbooks. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful product so it’s much nicer than my usual support boards which are a bit rough. (Note: one day I will get around to sourcing black coroplast!)
I would love to hear your feedback if you use/have tried the StablO Easel. Please add comments below rather than email them to me, so that your experience will be helpful to others.