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How to Transfer a Drawing to Watercolor Paper

I love to transfer my line drawings to watercolor paper! I usually use a light table - but this time I needed to work in a bound watercolor journal. So - instead of roughing up the paper with mistakes and pencil scuff marks - I instead opted to transfer the line drawing using wax free graphite paper and following these five simple steps.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: tracing onto watercolor paper, transfering drawing onto watercolor paper
Author: Carrie Luc - Watercolor Misfit


  • Wax Free Graphite Paper
  • watercolor paper
  • pencil
  • masking tape
  • eraser
  • colored pen
  • 2 metal clips (if working in bound journal)
  • Pair of Scissors
  • your drawing


  • First, secure your watercolor journal flat with two metal clips.
  • Then, with your scissors, cut your wax paper to fit the size of your drawing. Next, tape your drawing and Wax paper together - making sure to place the shiny side down (or graphite side down) toward your watercolor paper.
  • Afterward, secure your drawing and wax paper to your watercolor paper with some tape. If you are using extremely sticky tape - simply rub off some of the glue by placing tape sticky side down on some fabric.
  • Next, Outline your secure drawing with a color pen. This will help you visual see what you have already traced.
  • Lastly, peel back the wax/drawing combo and touch up any pencil lines that might have gotten lost in the tracing. Once done- paint to your heart's delight!