Tracing cloth

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Description

A thin, stiff, transparent linen or cotton cloth. Tracing cloth is used by designers, illustrators, and architects for tracing finished ink drawings. It is heavily sized and glazed on one or both sides with starch. In recent years, synthetic films, such as Mylar®, are more commonly used.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tracing linen; architect's linen; pencil cloth; drawing cloth; drafting cloth

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 575
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)