Drawing tablets is used as creativity journals for artists. Although manufactured tablets available in stores come in a different range of shapes, sizes, paper colors and paper types, a customized or handmade drawing tablet can hold greater meaning. Handmade drawing tablets can be a form art and can also fulfill certain drawing specifications unavailable in a manufactured format.
- Cut a piece of cardboard that is comparatively heavier than paper into two 8×11-inch rectangular sheets and set aside.
- Choose a paper based on the intended use of the tablet and the user. For e.g., construction paper in bright or glowing colors for young children; or a certain grade of paper such as fine or textured for use with a specific type of drawing equipmemt such as graphite or charcoal.
- Stack the selected paper to the desirable tablet thickness and set any remaining paper aside.
- Knock holes into one side of the paper from the stack using a three-hole punch. Punch holes the same distance into the two cardboard sheets.
- Re-stack the paper with the holes lining up and the two cardboard sheets at the top and bottom of the stack. For a loose tablet, use a single-hole punch on the top left or right corner only and re-stack.
- Thread the package string or ribbon (or pipe cleaner for a children’s tablet) through the hole(s) and tie off. Cut off any excess.
- Decorate the cardboard cover of your tablet with stickers or designs if desired.