How to make and use a mahlstick for painting


Before we explain how to make a mahlstick, you may be wondering what exactly that is. The mahlstick (or maulstick) is used by painters to stabilise the canvas or large board at the easel. Never used one before? This could totally transform your painting technique.

The mahlstick is one of those iconic artistic props, much like a floppy beret or painter's smock (you have those, don't you?). However, this ubiquitous little branch of cliché mustn't be underestimated. This is an extremely handy tool to have at your disposal, and it has a whole host of applications. Here are some top tips for getting started.

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Rob Lunn is a self-taught painter, and loves to paint in oils. His influences are Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio and Ilya Repin. He has taught art workshops since 2012 and gets a real buzz from teaching people to draw and paint. He has contributed to Paint & Draw magazine and bookazines, and has also provided traditional art tutorials for Creative Bloq.