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For plein air painters who like to travel light, the portable, compact Guerrilla Painter ThumBox has it all.
Reminiscent of the original "cigar box" pochade boxes used for quick outdoor painting by 19th and early 20th century painters, the original ThumBox included a special thumbhole in the bottom so it could be hand-held while painting — hence the name, "Thumbox."
Now featuring a slimmer, lighter, simplified design, the ThumBox Version 2.0 is easier than ever to transport. Based on an ultra-light pochade box that Guerrilla Painter Carl Judson built to use while doing volunteer work in the back country of Bolivia in the 1990s, the ThumBox Version 2.0 still includes the high-quality features and accessories that made the original ThumBox so popular.
The ThumBox Version 2.0 holds two wet 6" × 8" panels (1/8" or 1/4" thick) fully enclosed inside its lid. The raised front lip that offers this protection also serves as a built-in hand rest or "mahl stick." The lid bracket locks in any position within a full 180° range and is easily adjusted using only one knob.
Other popular carryovers from the original ThumBox include a slide-out palette, a storage compartment, and panel and canvas adapter clips. The ThumBox Version 2.0 is pre-drilled to accommodate the Guerrilla Painter Universal Tripod.
The ThumBox Version 2.0 measures 9"L × 7"W × 3"D and weighs 1.5 lb.
Covered Palette Tray, 6" × 8"
Suitable for use with watercolors, oils, or acrylics, this covered palette tray from Guerrilla Painter is constructed of extra-durable, double-thick, high-impact white polystyrene and features a tight-fitting lid. Oil painters find this tray a great way to keep their equipment neat and tidy while saving their paint for several days. Watercolorists who like to use butcher trays feel right at home because of its unrestricted work area.
Leather Shoulder Strap
This adjustable, heavy-duty strap is crafted from durable harness leather. It is fitted with high-quality nickel-plated trigger clips that attach to rings on your Cigar Box for convenient carrying.
Nylon Utility Strap
Made of lightweight nylon with plastic clips, this 1" wide utility strap is compatible with all Guerrilla Painter Pochades and Wet Painting Carriers.
Palette Extension Kit
Double your work space and increase the flexibility of your ThumBox with this hinged palette extension. Made of birch plywood and aluminum, it features holes to rest your brushes, and little metal feet that keep it elevated above your palette when closed. It easily attaches into the existing pilot holes on the ThumBox. It measures 6" × 8".
Note: With the Palette Extension Kit installed, the ThumBox will only accommodate one wet panel.
The Slip-In Easel by Guerrilla Painter allows you to paint with more gestural brushstrokes because it holds your panel or canvas up and away from the lid of your ThumBox. It is crafted of lightweight yet sturdy corrugated enameled aluminum with adjustable metal fingers that accommodate panels up to 9" high by any width.
ThumBox Version 2.0 Kit
This set includes a Guerrilla Painter ThumBox Version 2.0, ThumBox Tote, Large Mouth Single Palette Cup, Mighty Mite Jr. Brush Washer, Set of 4 Flat Pocket Bristle Brushes, 5" × 7" Plein Air Gessoed Panel, and Composition Finder, plus A Guerrilla Painter's Notebook volumes 1 and 2 (containing company founder Carl Judson's essays on his adventures in Guerrilla Painting).
ThumBox Version 2.0 Tote
This zippered nylon tote includes a large exterior pocket with a Velcro closure for supplies, a small exterior pocket for an identification card or other small items, a mesh interior pocket for paints and brushes, and a nylon shoulder strap. It measures 9"L × 11"W × 4"D and weighs 0.5 lb.
Note: This tote is not intended for use with the original ThumBox.
Watercolor Palette, 6" × 8"
This palette features 14 slanted color wells (12 small wells and two larger wells), a mixing area in the palette, and another mixing palette inside the lid. The size is ideal for use with both the Medium and Large French Resistance Pochades and the ThumBox.
Web Shoulder Strap with Shoulder Pad
This adjustable, lightweight nylon carrying strap has a shoulder pad that makes toting your Cigar Box virtually effortless. Sturdy and economical, with high-impact plastic clips, it measures 1½" wide and weighs only 3 oz and is also compatible with other Guerrilla Painter Pochades and Wet Painting Carriers.
ThumBox Version 2.0
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Expect to need a tripod
from Easton, MD
Comments about Guerrilla Painter ThumBox Version 2.0:
I was looking for something compact that could fit in my motorcycle saddlebags and that didn't require a tripod, something I could hold. My only issue with this box is the thumb hole. It was expecting to much to think any box could be held comfortably for an hour; it can't be. The thumb hole also made it difficult to hold a paper towel for wiping my brush between strokes. If you can sit to paint and rest your arm on something and don't mind putting the box down to use your left hand frequently then the thumb hole is of some use. The box is well made and well priced. I have a 9"x12" that I've used extensively for years and it has held up well but I advise getting the universal tripod mount regardless of size.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Never Lookin' Back
from North Carolina
This is a SWEET bit of equipment that is compact but very accomadating. I was SO surprised at how easy it is to use anywhere.....on a tripod or in the back seat of the car!!! I even use it at home.......takes up less space and is quickly put away. I Haven't seen a product so sturdily made and solidly constructed like this one for a long. It is a great encouragement to producing more art. I LOVE IT!!!!!
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I recommend this to everyone!
from Alberta, Canada
Not only do I use my pochade for plein air and while I travel, but it's a great addition to my studio as a mini taboret. It's lightweight, can be used on my lap or tabletop as well as a tripod, and stores everything I need (including 4 panels) while I'm away from my studio. I've even used it in cafes (Starbucks, too). A great creative tool.
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