Look at this neat gadget.
I found this on Karen Rike's Blog called the "Carol Marine Panel Holder".
When I saw this a few months ago, I knew I had to have one!
I usually paint my small panels like the Ampersand Gesso boards or the Raymar Panels flat on the table with a sheet of paper or wax paper under it so that I don't paint the table.
This fantastic panel holder uses "friction" to hold a 5x5, 6x6 and 6x8 panel firmly giving you the ability to clamp onto an easel which I have done for this photo or paint on flat on the table. When I paint on panels I get so much paint on my fingers as I try to move around edges - keeping the panels on this holder allows you to pick you your painting and move it around, carry your painting, set it aside to dry all without having to touch the painted edges.
What a simple and ingenious invention! It's available for purchase from Karen's site.