Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Tracing paper in ceramics; is mainly used for copying a design, pictures and letters onto objects that are being decorated, which makes placing and laying them out easier to see, as the paper is transparent. With your computer you can scan and copy what you want, and make it to the size you need removing any unwanted parts, or you can copy the outlines onto transparent paper scanning and preparing them in the same way. Designs and parts of designs can be used in many ways, mixing one with another and with different ceramic methods.

There are different ways of marking on a design: three ways are explained in the following sections. Carbon paper / Marking / Pouncing

All products used are vegetal and burn away when fired. The best way to mark on a design is by pouncing and rubbing it with a bag full of charcoal powder. This dirties the front and the back of the transparent paper and it has to be cleaned. The best way is to lay it out, on a flat surface and rub it with a large soft rubber. If the design is used a lot it should not be kept as a pencil drawing as it will gradually be removed. Print or do the drawing with a marking pen, with a dark color that is permanent.

Read more about: Filing has 5 sections go to File – Drawings there is a list of them all, if you go to the letter “F” they are aferbetical order.

Copied from: Wikipedia/ Tracing_paper
Tracing paper is a type of translucent paper. It is made by immersing uncut and unloaded paper of good quality in sulphuric acid for a few seconds. The acid converts some of the cellulose into an amyloid form having a gelatinous and impermeable character. When the treated paper is thoroughly washed and dried, the resultant product is much stronger than the original paper. Tracing paper is resistant to oil, grease and very impervious to water and gas.