How to make a simple projector using your smartphone
Art Is My Career | 14th September 2021
This article will explain how to make a simple projector at home, for free. This projector is a great way for artists to transfer simple outline drawings onto a wall or large canvas. From start to finish this simple project takes just 15-20 minutes, giving you a projector that can be used again and again.
Let’s get started.
Equipment required for your simple projector:
- Cardboard Box
- Craft Knife
- Sticky Tape
- Smartphone with light
- Transparent cellophane sheet
- Permanent Marker Pen
Step 1 – Transfer the image
Step 2 – Preparing your box for your simple projector
Step 3 – Cutting the end of your simple projector
Using a craft knife, carefully cut out the end of the box.
Step 4 – Preparing the image on the simple projector
Stick the cellophane sheet to the end of the box. Make sure to have it the correct way round or your image will be projected in reverse.
Step 5 – Using your phone in the simple projector
Turn on your phone torchlight and tape it inside your box, with the torchlight aimed out through the cellophane side.
Step 6 – Use your simple projector
Put your projector on a stable surface and aim it at your wall, paper, or canvas. To focus the image and adjust the size, move the projector closer or further away.
You can then easily trace your artwork onto the surface using the projections as a guide. The projector works best if you switch all of the lights off and make the room as dark as possible.
Projectors are useful if you need a way to transfer images to large surfaces. Whether you are a mural artist or you simply need a way to transfer an image onto your canvas, a projector is definitely worth considering. The good news is that projectors have come down in price significantly in recent years.
Here are three of the most popular projectors suitable for artists: