How Spolvero Works
Posted: January 1, 2021
The artist plans out his or her masterpiece by drawing an original design on paper.
The artist pricks tiny holes along the original design’s outline. The holes follow the lines of the drawing.
The artist lays the design––now covered with tiny holes—on top of a blank canvas. The canvas is the same size as the design.
Fine charcoal dust is placed in a cloth sack. (Clay or chalk dust can also be used.) The artist gently bounces the cloth sack over the tiny holes in the paper. The holes act like a stencil over the canvas. Dust falls through the holes. It marks the canvas with the outline of the original drawing. Applying dust this way is called “pouncing.”
The artist removes the original drawing from the canvas. Charcoal lines on the canvas line up exactly with the paper drawing.
The canvas is ready to become a masterpiece. The artist paints colors over the charcoal sketch lines on the canvas.
The artist might make changes to the original drawing as the masterpiece takes shape. Even great artists tweak their ideas as they work.
When the masterpiece is finished, the artist shares his or her work. No one will see the charcoal lines that outlined the original drawing. That’s okay. They served an important purpose. They helped the artist turn an original design into a finished painting.