To those who are not familiar of what a mahl stick is, it is a round stick or pole about a meter or a yard in length with a ball or padding on one of it’s end. It is a painting device useful for painting details or as an aid to avoid touching a wet painted surface. I’m not a big fan since one must hold the stick with one hand while you paint with the other, trying not to move too much at the same time – too much hassle as far as I’m concerned.

I have a couple of 24″x36 paintings on the drawing board, and the idea of holding a stick for hours – just not kosher to me.  So yesterday morning I started sketching out different ideas on how to avoid using a mahl stick. The above image is what I came up with. I used a few pieces of wood, 2 t-tracks, and a bunch of knobs to create a totally adjustable frame that can hold a bar in place. This one can handle a painting upto 36″ wide, 48″ high and up to 2″ in thickness.

I’m thinking a modified drafting machine can be interesting to use for this also…

Oh, and there’s a snowman on skis made of gelcaps also…

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