The Billups Box is a compact Pochade Box designed and made by the artist Betty Billups. Its unique features include storage for five thick panels in the box and a double sized folding palette with holes provided for brushes (designed by Barry).
Company name: Better Billups
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Pochade box name: Billups Box
Type: Pochade Box
Price range: $300-$400
Weight: 4lbs, 1.8kg
Palette size: 10″x 22″, 25.5 cm x 58cm
Construction: acrylic plastic
Billups Box is made of a durable plastic that can be fixed, if any part breaks, using acetone (however I have found it to be very durable). The palette is made of acrylic which can crack if dropped.
How to set it up
- Fits in a medium sized backpack or roller bag.
- You can carry a complete day’s supply of panels, and paint already laid out on the palette.
- No need to carry paint tubes.
- No need to carry separate drying box.
- Fast setup. No separate palette trays or shelves to attach. Integrated brush holder holes in the palette.
To fit the painting to the box you need a clamp. Whilst this is not a neat solution, it is functional. You are a bit limited to only painting on the same sized panels (that fit in the box). On the other hand since there is no complex mechanism to hold the painting, there are less things to break, and the box is nice and compact, packing a lot of functionality into a small space.
To compare with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.
Reviews of Billups Box
This was custom made for me in a 10″x12″ format. I can fit five thick gatorboard panels with linen mounted on them into this box. I have not come across another pochade box that can do that. Also Betty made a folding palette so that my palette is twice the size of the box, and… Read more “Compact”
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