Introduction: How to Make TRACING PAPER!!!

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Sometimes we want to draw something but we cannot imitate it. So, I figured out a way to solve this problem. And the solution is simple, to have a paper that can trace everything. So I decided to come up with a tracing PAPER. with just very easy materials and steps.=)

Step 1: Materials:

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1. Bond paper
2. Oil
3. Paint Brush
4. can or container

Step 2: Step 1

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Pour a little amount of oil into the can.

Step 3: Step 2

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dip the brush into the oil and spread it to the paper. But make sure the paper is not too wet. In case there is excess oil, wipe it with tissue or dry cloth.

Step 4: Step 3

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Put it in the sunlight. If there is no sun, you can keep wiping the paper or you just let it dry. Mine dried quickly because i live in the Philippines so it's so hot. whew

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Now you can trace any picture! And its so easy to trace because you can clearly see through them. i HOPE it became helpful to you! comment me if you liked it. ENJOY TRACING!!!


whisperonthewind (author)2011-12-15

I should have looked here! I've just spent weeks searching for Tracing Paper - finally found some at a CVS in a different city - although I have all the ingredients you list all in close proximity! Where have you been all my life?

Glad I helped! :)

PattyP17 (author)2016-09-14

I wonder if a tiny bit of silicone instead of oil would work. I buy tracing paper online in big rolls from Mister Art for making paper patterns for sewing whatever project I'm designing.

JuusoR1 (author)2015-05-21

I tried this method once ( I used canola oil, 'cause that was the only oil I had ). The results were fine otherwise - but there were a couple of problems: the paper left grease stains - and when I tried to tape it onto the table ( in order to hold it still while tracing) - the tape didn't stick on it. Any tips how I could avoid those grease stains and stick the paper onto table while tracing? I appreciate your answers.

You could avoid putting oil on the corners so it can be taped at the corners maybe... and put glad-rap/Plastic rap between your work and oil paper to avoid stains? (you could also use baking paper as tracing paper, I do that sometimes)

Nesmaat (author)2015-07-06

PoljoS (author)2014-11-23

can we put the oil in a normal a4 sheet?

mokaro (author)2011-07-05

how long does it have to dry i tried using a blow drier but it still wont dry!

PonchoLibre (author)2009-04-09

Hi, I love this idea but what oil do you use... Veggie Oil?

unknown24 (author)PonchoLibre2009-04-10

i used cooking oil. but you can use any oil..

PonchoLibre (author)unknown242009-04-10

Thats so cool and the bond paper is that just regular printer paper or is it special?

unknown24 (author)PonchoLibre2009-04-10

just regular... you can try it on any paper except the glossy one.. =)

RiddleOfSphinx (author)2009-04-03

Nice idea, you gave me several ideas all at once :D Good clean ideas, btw, not filthy perverted ones :P

unknown24 (author)RiddleOfSphinx2009-04-05


RiddleOfSphinx (author)unknown242009-04-05

You're welcome :)

jtobako (author)2009-03-31

Does the type of oil (vegetable, mineral, wax) affect how quickly it drys or how easy it is to write on afterward?

klee27x (author)jtobako2009-03-31

Sunflower seed oil is considered a "drying" oil. It has been recommended for this purpose by other people obsessed with making paper transparent (for the purposed of making UV resist PCB's).

jtobako (author)klee27x2009-03-31

Will it take a good pencil mark? I know that even the oil from my hand can stop some pens from working on copy paper.

unknown24 (author)jtobako2009-04-01

yes it will take a good pencil mark. I've tried it already. And it's pretty hard to erase.

unknown24 (author)jtobako2009-04-01

i don't know because i haven't tried it yet. I think any oil will do. But it is easy to write on afterward. Any writing tool you will use it is very easy to write on.

foobear (author)2009-04-01


unknown24 (author)foobear2009-04-01


rimar2000 (author)2009-03-30

Good idea. You can see my instructable where I do some similar but wiht another purpose. The paper began translucent, also.

unknown24 (author)rimar20002009-03-30


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