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Mahl: A Stick for Painting

By November 24, 2007

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Mahl Stick A mahl stick is an object that lends itself to riddles or trivia quizzes. "What's long and straight, soft at one end, and used by painters for centuries to keep their hands off their work?"

Seriously, if you're painting detail and want to keep your hand steady by resting it on something (other than the canvas itself), a mahl stick is just the thing. (It's not something to be used against people who make rude comments about a painting!) Find out more...

See Also:
Painting Photo Quiz: What Art Materials Are These?
Painting Video Demo Showing a Mahl Stick in Use

Image: © Ken Wramton/Getty Images

Comments

November 26, 2007 at 10:22 am
(1) Pete says:

If you’re without a mahl stick you can always rest your hand on your other forearm.

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