Neutral Grey Backdrop for Colour Analysts
May 12, 2012 by Christine Scaman
The things that come so easily to some people that seem such a big obstacle to others are a fascination to me.
When I talk about traveling PCA, scheduling, finding suitable rooms from afar, and getting all the stuff into suitcases, Nikki Bogardus (of My Color Rx who already does traveling PCA) and my brother both pause, frown a little, tip their head sideways about 20 degrees, and look at me like “What exactly is the problem? Just pick up the phone.” Nikki is far too polite to come out and say that but my brother isn’t.
When I talk to my friend Carol about traveling PCA and needing a portable way to neutralize the colours of the various rooms I might find myself in, I recognize that she’s giving me that very same look. Carol is the DIY Queen. Clever, crafty, resourceful, manufacturing processes never stump her. Her brain engages. You can see she thrives on it.
Get thee to a plumbing shop.
Buy 3/4″ elbows, end plugs, 2-way and 3-way couplers, and PVC pipe.
My dimensions were to be 4 – 6′ wide and 6-8′ high.
Every piece is cut to 25″ or less to fit in a suitcase.
You could put it in its own duffel bag and check the luggage separately. The material is tough.
Bill suggested gluing each coupler to one end of pipe with PVC Cement to avoid loose couplers rolling around, strengthen the structure so it doesn’t fall apart when it’s moved, and make assembly easier and faster. The pipe would need to be cut a little shorter depending on your suitcase size.
Buy neutral grey fabric to flip over it. If you want to be very meticulous to detail, you could add Velcro straps to the sides to fold the fabric around the pipe stand. Do buy enough fabric to create a double thickness of curtain so no light or colour can shine through. If you spent some money on thicker upholstery type fabric, you could make this really quite beautiful. Mine is just cotton broadcloth.
Coolness, ay? Cost me $56.