Lightboxes are a super handy tool for any artist to have on hand. I remember the ones we had set up in college, they were HUGE. And expensive. Sometimes we would even resort to placing our images on a window and tracing them out that way. I'm over tracing on windows and hate spending more than I have to, so I gathered up a few things to make my own lightbox. It's inexpensive, very portable, and pretty much a self-contained thing.
Here's what you'll need:
- clear plastic box (I used an Iris scrapbook storage box, $8.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- lightsource (LED strip light, found at any hardware store. Just make sure it'll fit in your box! I think I paid about $19 for the one I used, which I found laying around unused at home)
- aluminum foil
This is ridiculously easy to make. Line your box with aluminum foil first. It maximizes the area of light emitted by your light. Basically, you want the whole box surface to be as lit as possible, and the foil helps bounce and spread that light around, rather that it just being concentrated at the light source. Then add your light and close the lid.
Pick your paper! And whatever you want to trace, of course. That's pretty much it! Super, super easy and will not break the bank. Enjoy your lightbox!
I hope you enjoyed this installment of How To Tuesday! How would improve this DIY lightbox, or how would you make your own lightbox? Let me know!