Notes on Tracing

Please excuse my grammar issues. This is a supplemental to the video on my youtube channel: Zannido Muse Video titled: Tracing and transferring techniques

This particular transferring technique is basically tracing. So if you are not using your own work to transfer/trace keep in mind copyright. Using it for an art journal is fine but don’t plan on selling it.

Suggested supplies Use what you have, don’t limit yourself to my list, they are just suggestions

Substrate Image to transfer Marker Pen

Graphite pencil/eraser (preferably not mechanical) Low tack tape Tracing paper

Tracing paper options Traditional tracing tablets bought at the art or craft store. Walmart does carry tracing paper also. You can also use parchment paper from the dollar tree. It is in a roll so you will have to deal with the curving. Lastly you can use deli paper. I have tons of it. No I will not send out any. Shipping is cost too much, paper is heavy. If you can find a stronger tissue paper you can give that a try.

Low tack tape options Painters tape, washi tape or masking tape that you stuck on a piece of fabric a couple of times to lose some of its tackiness.


Technique Very simple, you are basically making graphite paper. We are tracing something that you want to keep the original.

• Place the tracing paper on the image you want to transfer

• With a marker trace it (don’t use pencil because you will lose the tracing)

• Flip the sheet over and rub graphite pencil on the back where the lines are. Mechanical pencil will take forever because the lead is thin. (See why it you would lose the trace if you used pencil?)

• Tape the sheet to your substrate, it will shift so don’t skip this.

• Use the pen and retrace around your trace, you are transferring the graphite that is on the other side onto the substrate.

• Check to make sure you traced every bit you want by lifting up the tracing paper

• Remove the tracing paper and clean up the smudges

Somethings to consider What if you do not want a portion of the image? Easy Peasy. Do not trace it! That is the beauty of this technique. Trace what you want. Don’t be afraid to add onto the tracing either.

What if you want your image to face a different way? There is an extra step but it is easy to change the way the image if facing. I use to refer to it as a mirror image. Complete the steps up to tracing the image with the marker. When you flip it over, instead of rubbing the back with a graphite pencil, retrace it with the marker. Now flip it back to the original side that you had originally traced on. This is the side where you will rub graphite pencil on it then continue the process as before. The image is now mirrored or flipped horizontally.


What if you want to use a color page that you printed or do not mind messing up the original image? If your original image can take graphite on the back like a color page and you don’t need to keep it then you can skip the first couple of steps such as using the tracing paper and tracing it with the marker. Flip the printed image over and rub the graphite on the back. Then follow the instructions starting at taping the image down to the substrate.

The bonus of using printed pages such as color pages There are a ton of free ones (well for personal use, not to sell) You can edit the size in programs like Word. You can flip horizontally in programs like word. Using Word 2013 here is how I did it. I cannot give examples for every Word version but it should be similar.

• Open a new document

• Select Insert

• Select Picture

• Use the window to select the file you want to use

• Make sure it is activated by clicking on the picture in your document (it has to be active for format to show up on the ribbon up top

• Select Format

• Select Rotate

• Select Flip Horizontally I recommend taking a few moments and playing around with an image in word. You will be surprised what you can do.