Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My really ugly photobox... LOL

I've had quite a few people ask about what I'm using for my backdrops in my photos of my artwork. I made my own photobox out of a large cardboard box, tissue paper, white poster board and painter's tape. Here's a picture of my photobox, and I wasn't lying about it being UGLY... LOL. But hey, it works!

I first cut the flaps off the top part of the box. I then cut out the three sides of the box, leaving about an inch border on the edges. I taped on the tissue paper over these openings, covering the three sides that were just cut out. Then you just take white poster board and tape it in place -- do not give it a crease so it will give the illusion of your artwork floating.

Now what I don't have is proper lighting. You are supposed to have some terrific lighting coming in from both sides, but I don't have any special lighting. I just take my pictures in a well-lit room.

Oh, and on a side-note, you can buy actual photoboxes online. But these work well enough and I like that I'm recycling/reusing a cardboard box!


Tracy said...

Do you have a separate box for your layouts too? I think this is a great idea! thanks for sharing!!

Kelly Triggs said...

OH MY! What a fantastic idea!! You are quickly climbing to the top of the list of people I want to be when I grow up! :)

Vicki Wizniuk said...

Tracy, I don't have a seperate box for my layouts. It's large enough for a single 12x12 page, but not for two pages. So I've just been using it for cards, mostly.

And I can't take credit for coming up with the idea because I found the instructions somewhere on the internet. I just thought I'd share mine here, though, because of the multiple inquiries.

Clearly Inspired said...

Great idea! I have been thinking about buying a photobox and now I might have to try to make one. Thanks for the tips!

Jenn said...

This is awesome Vicki! Thanks for sharing! And didn't I just get a HUGE bulk package of white tissue paper! Woo Hoo!

Just Ducky @ Heart! said...

Vicki--what an awesome idea! I'm always trying to prop things up, or take pics from funny angles so I don't get extra "stuff" in the shot! And it really does look like the item is floating...I'm going to have to see what I can come up with! Thanks, for the inspiration, Vicki!!


Patty said...

Vicki, your artwork is amazing & so is this blog! Thank you so much for sharing. Have you ever met Bren Yule in person? She is an amazing person and has a huge heart!
Thanks again,
Patty Smith
Santee, CA


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