Tracing Paper - My Favorite Childhood "Toy"
Tracing Paper and a Comic Book can occupy a child for hours!
Give a child some tracing paper, a pencil, crayons and a comic book and they will be occupied for hours!
When I was in my single digit years I traced Archie, Brenda Starr, Snoopy and Wonder Woman. Remember them?
That tracing paper made me think I was an artist. I would trace a character and color it any way I wanted. If I wanted to change what outfit Betty or Veronica was wearing, I could. Hey, I thought I was a fashion designer! I could even put difference characters from different comics talking to each other.
Wow, I was a cartoonist!
The Snoopy on his doghouse cartoon shown here is ideal to trace. It has simple lines and he a popular character that children (and adults) will recognize. The cartoon is also simple to color for the same reason--it is not complicated. Even the youngest child can be creative with that simple drawing.
(You can Buy Snoopy at Allposters if you like.)
When I taught kindergarten, my students just loved to trace the front of their favorite cereal box. I let them bring in the box front and I would show them how to put it on a clipboard with a piece of tracing paper and hand them a pencil. And away they would go!
Tracing is a great way to develop fine motor skills in children.
"What is tracing paper?' you ask. It is a semitransparent paper that you can place on top of an image. One can see the image through the paper. You can then take a pen or pencil and copy the outline of the picture. Tissue paper is semi-transparent, but it is too thin for a small child (or a heavy handed grownup) to use to draw on.
Learn to Use Tracing Paper: - Inspiring kids to draw and be creative!
The websites below will assist you in learning all about tracing paper. Go visit them and find a new hobby for yourself or for your children. The web is such a good source for tutorials. I really hope you will take advantage of all the information that is available.
Links for learning about using tracing paper:
- Font Self-Portrait by *carynvstheworld on deviantART
An artist explains how to use tracing paper for creating a self-portrait using Fonts. Really unique idea!
- Excuse Me, Do You Sell Tracing Paper?
An amusing article and it comes with a video showing the author using tracing paper.
A Helpful Tracing Vocabulary:
Use a wide range of vocabulary when using tracing paper. Grow your vocabulary!
Tracing supplies on Amazon: - If you order over $25, the shipping is sometimes free.
Tracing paper is a great tool to teach kids to draw. Crayola Disney Coloring Pages is a great source for finding cartoon that children would adore tracing. I, personally, think that buying a tablet form of tracing paper would be good for children. If you print a letter sized black and with cartoon coloring page, all a child has to do is instert the sheet under the tracing paper in the tablet. No tape involved and the tablet supplies the smooth surface for tracing.
Buy a roll of tracing paper to use on this easel. - A childhood favorite toy!
You could tape a simple picture or poster on the easel.
This makes tracing easy for small children. Remember, this develops the small motor skills needed for handwriting!
Tracing Paper Pads are ideal for portable art projects:
Just insert the letter sized black and white printed cartoon under a sheet of tracing paper. The pad supplies the smooth surface to for you or your child to draw upon.
If you have a clipboard, you could even take the pads and black and white coloring sheets in the car. Yes, this is not an iPad, but at least paper cannot break!
Tracing paper on a roll:
Use Tracing Paper that comes on a roll: - Tips for using tracing paper in art projects!
The artist in the above video relates some wonderful information about tracing paper. She likes to purchase tracing paper on rolls for quite a few reasons: she saves on waste, it can come in different colors. The texture and quality of the paper on rolls can also be varied.
Watch and learn about how, why and when to use tracing paper in your craft projects.
Yes, find tracing paper on a roll on Amazon!
Drawing is FUN! Teaching kids drawing skills is rewarding for you and them.
A Child's First Tracing Projects:
In addition to improving eye/hand coordination, you can use this book to teach a child the names of the shapes. Ideal book for the very young child to learn the art of tracing and coloring.
Uses for tracing paper:
How do you use tracing paper in your life?
Of course you need excellent pencils!
I have discovered that the "name brand" colored pencils are the best. Yes, you can go to a "dollar" store, but the quality of the art supplies is not always good. The results a person gets when using quality products will encourage a budding artist to create more and more works of art.