View Full Version : Paper Covering

03-05-2010, 05:47 PM
Hello everyone,

I was just curious what some of you use to cover your paper to prevent smudging?

I usually paint on a small surface and more at home with the drawing feel than a painting feel. I personally use a basic white piece of paper and it seems to work nicely. It doesn't seem to pick up color really at all. However, on my latest painting, I did notice a bit of fading in my colors. Maybe it is the pencils I am using (had to revert to using charcoal pencils till my new ones Carb's come in). Thanks!


03-05-2010, 06:09 PM
Although I have glassine on hand, I usually rely on regular tracing paper without any problems. I do just use sanded papers.

03-05-2010, 08:21 PM
I usually paint with an easel in the forward tilted position. However, if I have to do detail work flat, I use glassine. I just broke down some time ago and bought a roll. I'll probably have it for the next 5 years!! Or, if I'm doing detail on the easel, I use a maul stick.


Paula Ford
03-05-2010, 10:09 PM
I also use tracing paper. That way I can see the painting through the paper.

03-05-2010, 10:39 PM
Tracing paper for me, too.


03-06-2010, 10:53 AM
Anything close enough to reach without getting up... :-) And anything that is flat, and doesn't have pastel on it already. (I take it you mean *whilst* painting?) Usually, I work on the easel, slightly tilted forward (not me, easel). I too always work on as white as I can find.


03-06-2010, 11:22 AM
Glassine - I used to by it by the sheets but now buy it by the roll.

03-14-2010, 08:33 PM
Thank you all so much! I have taken your advice and have found a solution! Fabulous!!

03-14-2010, 09:06 PM
A hand bridge might help, then you're not even touching it. As long as it's wider than the art, it works, a large drawing board can hold a bigger one, but they make them only 12" wide (the one I have).

03-18-2010, 12:15 AM
Get the roll of glasine.