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Thursday, May 23, 2013
ART TIP - Inexpensive homemade Plein Air Pochade Thumb Box
I keep telling myself that I want to try my hand at plein air painting. So far I've procrastinated, but I'm always on the lookout for plein air ideas! Go figure. I want to buy a plein air easel even if I only use it for workshops. There are a number of really good ones out there. That's the problem, each of the four I like seem to have at least one feature I really like.... so hard to decide! I am also intrigued with the "how to" internet videos where people show you how they built their own boxes. Some of the small ones are built out of cigar boxes.
I spotted a thrift store the other day and swear my car just turned in on its own. I went in looking for toys to paint. They didn't have any toys I was interested in, but I found some cigar boxes and then an old metal cash box for $4.00. Of course I bought both. When I got them home I realized that unlike the cigar box, the cash box was ready to use. The lid opens to exactly the right angle and I don't need to add hinges as I would with the cigar box. The lid easily holds a 6x6" panel. I think I will cut a piece of masonite to fit as a palette then it will have room for a few paint supplies under the palette. I also think paint will last with the top closed.
I tried it out today painting a 4x4" 'mug' and it worked like a charm. The lid has a lip that holds the panels and leans back just far enough you don't have to worry about the panel falling forward.
Use a metal change box to paint on small panels
I was even more thrilled about
my pochade cash box after looking online for modifications ideas. I found this wooden Pochade Thumb Box ... it was
on sale for $84.00! I saved $80!! What else can I buy?