Back to the Drawing Board

Here’s some artsy fun for those of you who like to sketch. Today I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive and easy homemade drawing board with no power tools required. These drawing boards are nice and flat and have a bit of give which makes them a pleasure to use. I made three sizes, one to use on an easel and the other two to use on my lap. I think they would also do all right as an inexpensive lap desk under a laptop computer.

You will need:

  • a piece of drywall/gyproc several inches larger than the paper you will be using to draw on. The best way to get this is to ask for a few scraps at a construction site or at a building supply store they often have broken bits that are too small for building but great for our purposes. Take care to select flat and smooth pieces.
  •  2″ wide masking tape
  • A boxcutter or utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • pencil
  • An old box or something to protect your cutting surface
  1. Place drywall on a protected flat surface and mark out the size of your drawing board using the straight edge. Try to get the corners approximately square.
  2. Place the edge you will be cutting a few inches out from the table to protect the table. Then, using the boxcutter and the straight edge cut through the top layer of drywall paper.
  3. Grasp the edge of the drywall and snap it along the cut. It will (usually) break straight along the cut line and dangle by the paper along the underside.
  4. Flip the drywall over and carefully cut through the remaining paper with the boxcutter. Try not to rip the paper. It is way easier to flip it and cut from the paper side down rather than to try to cut along the chalky part.
  5. Smooth out the edge as best you can. It won’t matter too much if it’s a little rough because you are taping it anyway.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for remaining three sides.
  7. Take a 2″ wide strip of masking tape the length of the side you are working on and center it along the edge so that when you fold it over it is tight and even along both sides. Trim excess tape.
  8. Repeat for remaining sides.
  9. Ta Da! You now have a drawing board.

Please let me know what you think of the drawing boards in the comments below.

Thanks for dropping by and ’til next time, Shine, Just Shine!

~ Julie


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