Tracing, Coloring and Decorating

Making the kite pattern and tracing the template

After preparing the deck surface material (kite sails) with or without basic colouring, you can start tracing the templates of the kite drawings. Before taking a break, you should first draw the chosen pattern on a white paper with ink on a 1/1 scale. All components of the pattern, including the details, should be drawn. The colouring of the materials and coloring in of the patterns is carried out in a further work step.

The prepared top surface material is then placed on the pattern, all lines of the pattern below are drawn with a writing brush. Depending on the design requirements, the black borders are sketched in ink. Large black areas are filled with colored ink. Special designs have white or colored borders. They are sketched with opaque white or paint. The tracing should be carried out evenly and correctly from the template, and carried out symmetrically and smoothly.

Coloring and Dyeing

Gutta-percha is used as a separating agent in painting. Gutta-percha prevents the colors from blending into one another. Gutta-percha and gutta-percha glue ("Gutta" for short) are available in many different qualities from specialist paint shops.
In the case of the "raw paper" that has not yet been pretreated with gutta-percha and the "raw silk" that has also not yet been processed with it, you should first apply gutta-percha glue to the parts to be colored with a brush before the design is colored. After it is dry, you can finally dye it. For the coloring of large areas you should use colours that are as transparent as possible. Opaque colors can also be used for colouring smaller areas. You should not paint too thick or too dense, otherwise the top surface will become stiff and inflexible, or it will shrink and the entire top surface will be unusable.


Applying of additional ornaments takes place after the coloring, as mentioned under the two previous points, and is not listed here again.


Copyright 2002 ff: Hans P. Boehme