Happy Friday! I am just now opening one of my Christmas presents, the Artograph Tracer Projector!
I am not kidding when I say this projector has been on my birthday and Christmas wish list for 3 YEARS. And this year my man made all of my dreams come true and put one under the Christmas Tree for me! Here is my first project, a burlap pillow, using my new favorite tool. And a review of the Tracer Projector just in case it’s on your wish list too.
Initially, since I am cheap by nature, I asked for the lowest end projector that Artograph makes like this smaller version. But my hubs, on his own accord, upgraded it to the nicer model , which is almost $40.00 more, but based on the review he felt like it was worth it. When you open the box it comes with a bulb, projector, and instruction sheet. The instructions were easy but had an alarming amount of warnings about fire hazards.
For this project you will need:
Pillowcase – I used a burlap one.
Sharpie : Shown are the fine tip Sharpies but I later had to change to the Sharpie King Size because the fine tips wore out easily on the rough surface of the burlap.
A print out image of what you want on your pillow.
After reading the directions I realized they really stressed that this should be done in an extremely dark place, preferably at night. And I had decided to tackle this project during the day. So I huddled in my back hallway like a tornado siren was going off to make this pillow. Listen to the instructions – if you can – tackle this project at night. To keep my pillow straight and steady I attached it to the wall with 2 thumb tacks.
The key to getting the right size to project onto your project is not the size of your print out but the distance from the project. So I could move the Tracer around easily I propped the projector on an old piano bench. I would have thought the lens would determine the size, but it only determines the focus of the image. To make the image larger or smaller you have to move the projector forward or backward.
Then using my Sharpie I traced my image onto the pillow. To set the image I ironed the pillow, first on the back then on the front. And I snagged some $2.50 pillows from WalMart on and end cap and proceeded to stuff away.
Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post or anything. I hate saying that because when bloggers stress that it’s not a sponsored post it’s like saying “Hey, pat me on the back for talking about a product I wasn’t paid to pimp out!”