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Old 07-05-2009, 10:41 AM
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Question Tracing Paper vs. Transfer Paper

What is the difference between tracing paper and transfer paper? Are they used for the same reasons and in the same way?
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:21 AM
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Re: Tracing Paper vs. Transfer Paper

Tracing paper is a very thin, almost transparent paper. You should be able to see through it if you hold your target picture to a light source so you can trace the image you see when the light shines through both. You then go over the lines you made on your tracing paper on transfer paper when you have affixed it to your canvas, sketchpad or whatever you will be drawing or painting on. The image you traced will then be transferred. There are newer types of paper that are supposed to do both but I have found they don't transfer as well as promised. I'm sure others have better ways of doing this, especially those with electronic skills or who use projectors but this is the old standby. Personally, I just sketch what I see and then paint.... Hope this helps.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:57 AM
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Re: Tracing Paper vs. Transfer Paper

Its always better to sketch the way we want rather than using tracing and transfer paper. however they are for those who can not do them and just like to try with colors. I remember using them for my school projects.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:43 AM
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I use transfer methods of my own drawings if i want to paint them again or in a different way.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:12 PM
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Re: Tracing Paper vs. Transfer Paper

To be honest I have never heard of transfer paper , is it similar to carbon paper used in the old typewriters ?
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:35 AM
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Re: Tracing Paper vs. Transfer Paper

It is similar but the backing isn't carbon (you wouldn't be able to get rid of the cabon from your support). As I understand the difference now, transfer paper has a backing and when you rub over the paper it leaves an underdrawing for you. With tracing paper you have to apply some sort of backing like graphite or charcoal which will rub off on the support after you go over your tracing. Usually you use charcoal for the back of tracing paper. The charcoal is compatible with for example, oil paintings. I have yet to use either, but I like the idea of using one's own drawings to repaint something in a new way. I am self-taught. Perhaps if I had attended art school I would have already known the answer to this one. A friend of mine, who attended art school, told me that they use tracing paper to perfect a drawing before it is transferred to the support so that the final version is not marred by erasures, etc. Anyway, I hope this helps anyone else who was wondering about the difference.

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