Printable Tracing Paper

Updated on May 20, 2021
By Printablee Team
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What are Tracing Papers?

Tracing paper is a type of thin paper and translucent. The paper is usually used for drafting and drawing. Because the paper is thin, you can see objects through the paper.

The characteristic of the paper is thin and light. Meanwhile, the surface of the paper is very smooth. This makes the paper very suitable for tracing. The paper can be used to transfer sketches or designs onto a thicker sheet of paper.

The paper also folds easily. The paper is available in various colors. Examples are yellow, white, green, blue, and pink.

The paper was first produced in the mid-19th century. The paper was made from processed wood or cotton cloth. Currently, tracing paper is widely used by architects. However, the paper can also be used by children to trace various images.

What are the Uses of Tracing Papers?

Actually, tracing paper can be used for various needs. Here are some examples of the use of the paper.

  • Tracing Images: This paper can be used as the best tool for tracing. Children can easily trace an image using paper.
  • Drawing in Detail: The paper can also be used as a medium for drawing. Therefore, this paper is usually used by designers or artists to create detailed arts.
  • Image Template: To make it an image template, you can place the paper on a canvas or sketchbook. Then, start drawing on the paper using a pencil or pen.
  • Pattern Making: You can also use paper to make patterns. This paper is usually used by tailors to make dress patterns.
  • Choosing Colors: Not only used to make patterns and pictures but this paper can also be used to choose the right colors. The trick is to paint or color the paper to be able to determine a good color combination.
  • Scale: In the drawing, you need the right scale to make the picture look good. Well, this paper can also be used to scale images.
  • Protective Coating: The paper can also be used as an image protector. By using this paper, your drawing paper will not get dirty.
  • Transferring Images: The paper can be used to transfer images to other media. An example is to transfer an image to canvas.

What are the Types of Tracing Papers?

If you want to use tracing papers, there are several types of tracing papers that you can choose.

  1. Vellum

    Among the various types of tracing papers, vellum is the most widely liked by many people. Why? That's because the paper is the thinnest type so it can be used to draw in detail. In addition, the surface of the paper is smoother than other tracing papers.

  2. Paper

    This is the thickest paper so it is more suitable for use as a medium for drawing large-scale patterns. Because it is thick, the paper is more durable.

  3. Bonds

    If you want to use paper that is not too thick or too thin, you can use bond paper. This is the paper used for pattern making and drafting. This paper is cheaper but it has the same smoothness as vellum paper.

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What are Tracing Papers Crafts?

Tracing papers can not only be used by adults, but also by children. Children can make these tracing papers as simple crafts. In addition, these tracing papers can also be used as a tool for tracing activities.

  1. Making Fireflies

    Fireflies are unique animals. You can introduce the animal using tracing papers. Cut the paper into two parts. Then, attach the paper to the small soda bottle.

    After that, you can use the straw as the antenna for the firefly. Meanwhile, firefly wings are made from colored paper. Put a small neon light in the soda bottle. Children will make it an interesting toy.

  2. Paper Flower

    You can also teach children to make colorful paper flowers. Use colorful tracing papers and skewers. Make a flower pattern using the paper. After that, attach a skewer to the flower.

    Make several types of flowers and collect them. You can put these colorful paper flowers in a vase. It can be a decoration in your living room.

  3. Lantern

    Tracing papers can also be used to make candle holders. Use hot glue as a place to place the candles. The container is a square shape made of tracing papers.

    To turn tracing papers into a candle holder, make a square pattern on the paper. After that, cut out the pattern. To make the paper stand, use popsicle sticks as a box frame.

    Then, cover the box frame using tracing paper. You can put a candle in the box. You can use aromatherapy candles. You can put the candles and the box in the room to provide a comfortable atmosphere in your room.

In addition, you can make the paper a tool for tracing. How?

  • First, place the tracing paper over the image template. Make sure that the positions of the two papers are parallel.
  • After that, use a pencil to trace the image.
  • When you have finished tracing the image, take the tracing papers and see the results of the image.

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