Build a Lightbox for Under $30




About: I am an artist who focuses mainly on Tokyo Pop style paintings in acrylics and inks. I enjoy painting, drawing, making tutorials, and tinkering with music. If it's creative I enjoy doing it. I like to create...

As most artists know art supplies can be overly expensive. A simple lightbox can cost upwards of a couple hundred dollars. With this basic tutorial you can build your own custom lightbox for under $30. Save money and get the satisfaction that comes with designing and building something yourself. The materials are simple and easily obtainable at any hardware or home improvement store. The project takes approximately 2-3 hours of work to complete (not counting dry times for paints or stains). Get started now and build your very own artist light box for all your image transfer needs.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    A second-hand flatbed scanner from the thrift stores can be converted to a light box.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You can make a light box out of a lot of stuff. I prefer hand making things from scratch though. That is just me. Also I prefer to use plexiglass over glass as it is more durable and won't break. I am working on a video for artist tips and tricks. One way to get around the lightbox is to use a window or sliding glass door. A great way for anyone who can't afford to build one. Everyone has windows, so it's a free option.