ABOUT LIGHT BOXES / TIPS & TECHNIQUES

For many artists and designers, the transfer of images does not require enlargement or reduction. Their need is the exact transfer of a drawing in its original size, from one surface to another. Light boxes and light tables are the best solution to this type of image duplication. Nothing could be more direct. Simply lay the drawn image on top of the backlighted viewing surface, overlay the paper onto which you wish to duplicate the image, and trace.

One real advantage of the light box transfer system is that your investment need not be huge. A moderate size light box can be used to transfer any image simply by positioning the project until the full drawing has been backlighted and transferred. Of course, if you frequently work on large-scale projects, you will want to invest in a light table or large sized light box simply to make your task easier.

Now, just think of the time you can save doing transfer work and the additional time you can invest in painting!



Artograph®'s Light Tracer® and Light Tracer® II light boxes are indispensable tools for a whole range of art, craft, and hobby applications. The back-lit surface is conveniently slanted for comfort, and there are handy recessed tool trays to keep your pencils, chalk, stylus, and other tools right at your finger tips. Both light boxes are the fast and easy way to trace designs, patterns, stencils, photos, and lettering for:

* Embossing
* Scrapbooking
* Quilting
* Stenciling
* Stained Glass
* Needlework & Embroidery
* Calligraphy & Lettering
* Visualizing & Viewing

TIPS & TECHNIQUES

COMMON USES & APPLICATIONS FOR LIGHT BOXES

A light box is an indispensable tool for a whole range of art, hobby and craft applications.

Embroidery Appliqué, Quilting & Needlework: To trace patterns directly onto paper and lightweight fabrics, simply lay the design or pattern on the light box screen and place your working surface over the top of the design or pattern. Switch the light box on and draw the outline in soft pencil or tailor's chalk. Tip: if patter or design is hard to see, turn room lights off or use tracing paper.

Scrapbooking, Embossing & Cartooning: For cut-outs, filigree and pierced work, cut around the design with a craft knife of scalpel or pick around the outline with a sharp point.

  • Stenciling

    Project the image onto card and draw. Then overlay with clear acrylic sheet and cut around with craft knife, leaving "bridges to hold the design together.
  • Embossing

    Tape the stencil face down on the screen. Place card or paper face down over the stencil. Use a ball stylus to trace the outline with firm but not excessive pressure.
  • Calligraphy and Lettering

    Trace script styles and illuminated lettering.
  • Embroidery Appliqué and Quilting

    Trace a pattern directly onto fabric for stitching or cut outs.
  • Scrapbooking

    Make cut-outs, borders and mounts to decorate pages and enhance photos and souvenirs in memory albums.
  • Cartooning

    Professionals and amateurs speed up production and accuracy with a light box.