Drawing tablets act as creativity journals for artists. Although prefabricated tablets available in stores come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, paper colors and paper types, a customized or handmade drawing tablet can hold greater meaning. Handmade drawing tablets can be a form art and can meet certain drawing specifications unavailable in a prefabricated format.
Things You'll Need
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Loose paper
- Hole punch
- Package string or ribbon
- Pipe cleaners (optional)
Cut a piece of cardboard that is slightly heavier than paper into two 8x11-inch rectangular sheets and set aside.
Select a paper based on the intended use of the tablet and the user. For example, construction paper in bright or fluorescent colors for young children; or a certain grade of paper such as fine or textured for use with a specific type of drawing instrument such as graphite or charcoal.
Stack the selected paper to the desirable tablet thickness and set any remaining paper aside.
Punch holes into one side of the paper from the stack using a three-hole punch. Punch holes the same distance into the two cardboard sheets.
Re-stack the paper with the holes lining up and the two cardboard sheets at the top and bottom of the stack. For a loose tablet, use a single-hole punch on the top left or right corner only and re-stack.
Thread the package string or ribbon (or pipe cleaner for a children's tablet) through the hole(s) and tie off. Cut off any excess.
Decorate the cardboard cover of your tablet with stickers or designs if desired.
Tips & Warnings
- Mix several different types and grades of paper in one tablet to create a drawing tablet for use with multiple instruments.
- Do not use lightweight string or sewing thread as it can cut through the paper, dislodging it from the binding and making the tablet unusable.
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