12 X 18 Batik on Rice Paper
Painted from a photo taken
in Collioure, France.
Collioure is a lovely
little harbor town
in France, visited by many
artists over the years.
When you step foot
inside the city
limits, you know why!
Every artist should have a LIGHT BOX. They just plain come in handy.
Here’s the ONE, TWO , THREE of how to do the Easiest, Lightest and Cheapest light box ever…..by request….here you go everyone.
Buy one of those aluminum pans that are used on a buffet table. I found mine at GFS Foods, but I’m sure other groceries have them.
If you find one of those, you’ve already completed step one!
Cut a hole in one end of the aluminum pan. I used a knife to poke the initial hole, then scissors to cut it. Make it large enough for a plug to fit through.
Purchase a flourescent light at any local hardware, such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.
Place the light inside the aluminum pan and stick the cord out of the hole you just cut.
(keep going, you’re doing great)!
Have a piece of Plexi-glass but just a bit larger than the size of the aluminum pan.
Put it on top. Be sure that the light switch is in the “on” position.
Then plug in the light and….
You’re ready. That’s it!
These light boxes are so light, they are great for classes, too. I simply stack all of the aluminum pans inside each other, stick all of the lights inside and I’m ready to roll.
Here we are using them in Columbia last week.
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You are one smart cookie. Thanks for the tip. I’m going to trash that big heavy, clunky, homemade thing I have.
Wax on Wax Off
(that is mine idea of a blog name for you)
Kathie I took a seminar class from you when SDP had their last convention in Tampa. The subject was an orchid near an arm chair. I would love to frame mine but I made the pictue frame on the wall (in the background WAY too dark, its there anyway to lighten it up? I tried using chalk and it didn’t work). Love your work, wish I had know you were in Nashville, I am about 90 min from downtown Nashville. I live on the Cumberland Plateau, halfway between Nashville and Knoxville. so happy that I will be getting a blog from you!
Wow, that was quite a while ago…..in Tampa. But I remember the batik that you are talking about. The trick to using the pastel pencils is to use a color that is very close to the background (area around the object you want to lighten). Wish I had it here, or could see it to help you!
Thanks for your nice comments. Perhaps I’ll do a short demo for the blog that shows how to lighten an area. Good idea….if you have any others, send them on.
“Exploring The Magic by George”
You will give information in watercolor working techniques, collage, copper stamping, style, materials, textures batik and tools. You would be hard to pin down to one area…lol
I want so much to do your sheep. Just love that piece. Marilyne
Waxing on Watercolor Without Waning
Waxing Eloquently on Watercolor/Batik
Kathie, Thank you so much for the easy, light weight and inexpensive to build light box instructions. I have been thinking about building one for a while. This is so much easier than what I had in mind and so much better than my current method of putting a lamp under a glass top table.—-Barbara
The picture you taught at Extravaganza in Orlando (a couple years ago) has hung on my wall ever since and everyone comments on viewing it “Did you do that Ruth”? in amazement, makes me proud. Autumn colors road through the trees. Will join your classes in the near future.