Drawing tools

 

It is possible for braille users to make or complete drawings. Since drawing is time-consuming, we don't recommend replacing every drawing task for sighted pupils with a drawing task for the blind pupil. But we think it is worthwhile to teach braille users how to draw. There are different tools and different types of paper.

 

Braille pupils can draw using a drawing board. There are different types of drawing boards. Simple ones consisting of a soft, silicon or rubber pad, and more complex ones. A complex one may consist of a framework with the pad surrounded by a scale indicator. Some of them come with tactile measuring instruments such as a ruler, a protractor or a set square.

 

Both types are used with very thin, plastic sheets to draw on. The braille pupil can draw with regular pens, or with other pointed objects, and what s/he draws is tactile.

Plastic drawing board with silicon pad and measuring instruments.

Another Plastic drawing board with silicon pad and measuring instruments.

Plastic drawing boards with silicon or rubber pad and measuring instruments.

Handmade simple drawing board with wooden frame.

Thin plastic sheets are used to draw on. Drawings have to be made in mirror view

Handmade simple drawing board with wooden frame.

Thin plastic sheets are used to draw on.

 

Plastic thermoform paper of medium thickness can be imprinted with a dotted or lined grid, which is useful when drawing graphs.

Plastic thermoform paper

Plastic thermoform paper

 

You can draw on the plastic papers, or even on regular paper, using a regular ballpoint pen or a tracing wheel

tracing wheel

 

 

Other basic tools are tactile measuring instruments such as a ruler, a protractor or a set square. You could make a protractor or set square yourself by carving small incisions in a regular plastic one, each one indicating 5° or 5 mm.

Tactile ruler

Tactile ruler.

Tactile protractor and set square

Tactile protractor and set square.

Tactile protractor

Tactile protractor.



Some compasses have an accessory which allows you to use them with a ballpoint pen instead of the fixed pencil point. There are also special relief compasses.

Relief compasses

Relief compasses.

Ordinary compasses with special accessory and ballpoint pen

Ordinary compasses with special accessory and ballpoint pen.

 

It's also possible to create alterable graphs on a relief drawing using a pinboard with pins and Wikki Stix. You can make re-usable grids out of swell paper.

pinboard with pins and Wikki Stix

pinboard with pins and Wikki Stix