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I painted the entire board white.

Then layered all colours on top.

The project wasn't exactly free.

But a small donation to the Children's Toy Drive was all it took.

And yes.

I set the board in an painting stand.

Did not move projector till job done.

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I bought an Artograph Tracer projector several years back and don't remember what I paid for it but the Jr. tracer for $30 mentioned by Mike E above will probably work as well. These simple little projectors only use a simple household light bulb to project an image that can be focused and traced onto any material you desire. No expensive overhead office projectors needed. No transparencies needed. No buying transfer paper. Search Google images for whatever you want to project. Cut, copy, paste into MS Word and resize to fit approx. 1/4 of the 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of printer paper. This will give it the size needed to fit under the projector. You could use MS Paint also, but Word is easier because it seem to be set up for regular size sheets of paper. Paint has weird sizing and I can't seem to figure it out.

Once the image is under the projector and you are projecting ,simply moving it closer or farther from the material sizes it to desired size. Then trace all the lines with a pencil. I like to base coat the wood with a slightly thinned coat of white exterior latex paint first so my pencil lines show up better. The thinning of the latex seems to absorb more completely into the wood then right-out-of-the-can viscosity. After tracing, I use a hand held glass cutter to lightly go over the inside lines. It has a small wheel. Use only enough pressure to leave slight indentation into the wood or coroplas. I then fill in the main background colors. After doing this the glass cutter lines can be readily seen and painted. I do black lines with Sharpie Paint Pen. This is actually a metal cased pen with paint in it. Lately I have gone to shadowing with an air brush to make the figure pop a little. Here's a Grinch I did for this Christmas he is 6' tall. As you can see I am still learning the shadowing and air brushing.........


That is a great job! Want to add a Grinch next year, and that is the pose I want!

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I regularly go to the FedEx Office (formerly called Kinko's) and use their oversize printer. You put in any size image, tell it how big you want it, and it prints out a black and white image as wide as 36" and as long as you want. It's only 50 cents a square foot!

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P.S. An Artograph or Jr. Tracer can project three demensional objects also. So if you have an ornament that is cool you can place it under the projector and project it onto the plywood or other media.

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