How to make a trace art projector box

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How to make a trace art projector box
Tattoo artists often use light boxes. (Ron Chapple Stock/Ron Chapple Studios/Getty Images)

Trace art projector boxes, or more commonly, light boxes, are a staple of artists, from beginners to experts. Light boxes are great for removing the trial-and-error element that many artists go through when trying to replicate their own drawings. If you are an animator, a light box is an invaluable tool. The only real drawback is that trace art projector boxes can be relatively expensive. However, cheap alternatives can be every bit as effective.

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Things you need

  • Milk crate
  • Cardboard
  • Work lamp
  • Waxed paper
  • Glass panel
  • Duct tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set your milk crate on your work station, open-side up. Place your light source into the bottom of the crate. Work lights are best, since they can be angled to provide a straight forward light source.

  2. 2

    Feed the cord of the light through one of the holes of the milk crate. Do not plug the light in until you have finished building the box.

  3. 3

    Line the sides of the milk crate with cardboard. This will prevent any light from escaping through the sides when you use it, providing you with a better source.

  4. 4

    Stretch a layer of waxed paper across the top of the milk crate. This will diffuse the light, making it less harsh and direct.

  5. 5

    Use duct tape to secure the glass panel on top of the waxed paper. This is your drawing surface. If you can not find a sheet of glass large enough, many hardware shops will cut glass to your specifications. Plug in your light, and start working.

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