Jeanne Debons
Botanical Artist

The Tracing Frame

Improve your technique with the Tracing Frame, a simple tool that helps you outline an object. A blank piece of paper is often an overwhelming place to start for an artist. Using the Tracing Frame, the artist can capture an outline easily to use as a reference or starting point for a detailed drawing.

The Tracing Frame takes out all the measuring and frustration that perspective and foreshortening can cause by forcing the users to draw what is actually there in front of them.

Made out of lightweight molded plastic the Tracing Frame can be used repeatedly to capture a subject’s outline.

Click here to watch a video of Jeanne using the Tracing Frame.

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Price: $45

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Steps for Using the Tracing Frame

Step 1

Place the object behind frame choosing the size and perspective you want. Closing one eye trace the object using a water soluble marker.  

Step 2

With a piece of tracing paper on top of the frame, using the outline you just made, draw the object in detail.


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Step 3

Wash the Tracing Frame with water and a soft cloth when finished


People Who Are Using the Tracing Frame Say...

I really do like the Tracing Frame. I think the best part of it is that you get to see the big picture, and then can add the details and accurate measurements on your tracing paper. It really does save lots of time, particularly when you are working with something that has lots of detail, or a complex botanical form. You can draw a simplified outline to begin with on the Tracing Frame, and then use that image to refine and correct for accuracy on your final line drawing. -- Christine
This frame is great. It allows me to get to painting so much faster. Rather than spending a lot of time measuring and getting the correct angles, I don't need to use the analytical left side of my brain. I can I can go directly to the right side of my brain and learn the artful style of the plant. -- Beverly
Having just used one in your workshop what a useful shortcut it can be, even for someone who's accustomed to measuring. –Janet

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