Light tables really come in handy for tracing and transferring artwork. But they can also be quite costly, anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars. Yikes! If a light table is not within your current budget there are several other easy DIY light table options.
If you have a nice sunny window simply use a low tack tape (I like to use blue painter's tape) to adhere your drawing and and art paper to the window. Happy tracing!
Another way to create a temporary light table is to make use of a glass table top. Grab a lamp to place underneath. Viola, instant light table!
The other night I found myself without a sunny window or a glass table top so I came up with the following solution.
You will need:
- a pane of glass (I used a piece from a picture frame)
- a crate or box slightly smaller than your glass
- a clamp lamp or desk lamp
Put the lamp in the box and then carefully place your glass on top. Switch on the light and you’re all set!
A word of caution - Use as low wattage a light bulb as possible. Light bulbs put off a great deal of heat and you will find that the glass heats up quickly.