I found myself in need of a way to trace a drawing for a project I'm working on. After looking online and seeing that the tracing tables are typically starting at around $30 I wanted to find a way to beat the system. This "tracing table" was made with things I already had around the house which made it a much better alternative for my budget. It was very easy to use and served my purpose perfectly.
Step 1: The Supplies
A white or light colored pillow case/sheet/blanket (to put under the lamp to act as a reflector adding more light in the box)
A flashlight/lamp (I used a camping lantern that we had one hand. I think the best option would be to use a large hand held flashlight so that you can point the light directly up toward the top of the box)
A clear plastic storage bin
Step 2: Assemble the Bottom Pieces
Put the white cloth on a flat surface. Place the light source on top of the cloth.
Step 3: Place the Bucket on Top and Trace Away!
I placed the plastic bucket over the top of the light source and began tracing.
A couple of tips:
Doing this in a dark room will amplify your ability to trace through the paper.
I placed mine on top of my bed because it made my tracing table the right height. You could also do this on a coffee table, the floor, etc.
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