How To Make a Drawing Tablet


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

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Loose paper
  • Hole punch
  • Package string or ribbon
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • 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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