How to Trace on Black Paper

Have you ever done a tracing activity, but it turned out to be much more difficult than expected? For example, if you try to trace a word like “dog” on black paper with white chalk, the chalk will show up so that your traced line won’t be as dark. In the modern world, it can be difficult to find ways to keep kids entertained. However, that is not a problem in this post! There are some tricks you can use to make this task easier! 

This blog post will explore how to lighten the black lines and create an awesome final product. You might want to do this activity with students to practice their letter formation or have fun drawing something new. Read on for tips and tricks on how to trace on black paper with ease.

How to Trace on Black Paper

What is  Black Paper?

Black paper is just as it sounds; a page with black color. For most projects, you can use markers, crayons, and pencils to draw on the page. There are different types of black paper available for you to print out or create yourself. To trace on black paper, all you need is a piece of white chalk. You can pick up a pack at your local craft store for just a few dollars.

It’s important to use chalk because it will not smudge even if you accidentally touch the paper while drawing. With other materials, there is a chance that your project will look like an accident occurred. But, of course, there are also other options if you want to get creative.

How Does Black Paper Works?

The black paper is made out of carbon fibers that are treated to reflect light. This makes the black paper appear darker than other colors. The treatment also allows the black paper to function like a mirror.

How Does Black Paper Works

Steps on How to Trace On Black Paper

Step 1:

Place your light source behind the black paper so that it is facing upwards. The angle of the light source directly affects how dark your lines and shadow are going to be. Shadows will be darker when the light source is closer to parallel with black paper, as opposed to the light source being at a steep angle (e.g., closer to perpendicular) concerning the black paper.

Step 2:

To get medium-dark lines perfect for shading purposes, smoothly and strongly stroke your pencil over the black tracing paper. Make sure that you keep your strokes even in thickness throughout so that the lines look consistent.

Step 3:

Next, get a ruler or tape measure and use it to ensure that the pencil lead is extended across the length of your paper’s edge. This is done to make sure that you are getting uniformed-sized lines down to avoid jaggedness. The best way to do this is by placing the ruler so that it is flat against the edge of your paper and then drawing a line along its length.

Step 4:

The line you’re drawing up to be equal to the black paper’s edge to transfer your drawing onto it. Once you have done this, place two dots or lines parallel to each other about an inch away from where you will begin tracing (the first dark line). Now, use your pencil to smoothly and strongly draw the outer edge of your drawing onto the black paper.

Step 5:

Next, grab a ruler or tape measure and place it perpendicular against the first line you have drawn. This will give you the exact size of your drawing. Using your pencil, draw the ruler’s line one inch away from this line in a perpendicular fashion.

Step 6:

Now place another sheet of black paper so that it is face-up underneath the first sheet to create a white hue on top of the black paper. Make sure that you make this new piece of paper contact the black paper you are working on to avoid white lines from showing through. Now, place your drawing facing down onto the second sheet of paper and trace it using a pencil to get the outline of your drawing onto this new sheet of paper.

Step 7:

Next, grab some little pieces of wax or soap and place them on top of a white piece of paper. Using your pencil, rub the backside of your drawing with one of these pieces of wax or soap so that it is no longer sticky.

Step 8:

Now turn your black paper over to the blank side. Next, put your white drawing face-down onto the black paper. You will use it as a stencil to get your traced lines. Carefully fold and crease the excess edges of your sheet of tracing paper around the outer edge of your drawing. Make sure there is black overhanging on both sides.

Step 9:

Using an HB pencil, go over the creases where you would like to see blackness appear on your tracing paper. Make sure that this side of your paper is face-down so that the lines from your drawing will only show through when they are traced onto a white piece of paper.

Step 10:

Finally, lay down your pencil lead sideways, and using very light pressure, slowly trace over the lines you have. Again, make sure to keep your pencil on top of the black paper and not behind it to avoid accidentally tearing through your tracing paper and drawing onto the black surface beneath.

How Do You Trace on Black Canvas?

How Do You Trace on Black Canvas

Tracing on a black surface can be difficult, yet it is an important skill to learn. The best method for tracing on black paper or canvas is purchasing a projector. A projector will project the design onto the canvas and make it easy to trace outlined designs without guessing where they actually are.

If you want to make a design on a canvas or piece of paper, but don’t have a projector, you can cover the surface in light-colored paint, chalkboard paint, or wallpaper. Then, you’ll place your design on top of that and pin it down so it doesn’t move around while you’re tracing it. This will make it easier to see what you’re doing without having to guess.

How Do You Use Black Tracing Paper?

Black tracing paper is a thin, lightweight, translucent sheet with a matte finish without visible texture or sheen. Black tracing paper can be used in many ways and for many different projects. For artists, it can be used to copy a pencil drawing as a guide when painting by hand. It can also be used as an overlay to transfer a design onto another surface, such as wood or fabric.


The black paper traced design is one of the simplest and most popular designs. You can trace anything from a geometric shape to your favorite animal. If you’re looking for how to trace on black paper or want a refresher course in all things tracing and drawing basics, then this post is for you.

With this guide, you can learn to trace on black paper! We have covered the topics like why it’s helpful to learn how to draw on black paper, what materials are required for your projects, designing your project around what medium you plan to use tips and tricks that will help make your drawings look more realistic less like an outline. Remember to start with a pencil and use light pressure when tracing. Have fun!

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a creative writer and digital editor based in the United States. She has a passion for the arts and crafts, which she developed from a young age. Elizabeth has always loved experimenting with new mediums and sharing her work with others. When she started blogging, she knew that DIYquickly would be the perfect platform to share her tutorials and tips. She's been writing for the blog from the beginning, and her readers love her helpful advice and easy-to-follow instructions. When she's not writing or editing, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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