There's two types of transparent vellum that can be used for inking. One is kind of wax- like transparent paper, and the other seems kind of rubbery or oily to the touch, but is likewise transparent. Both work okay, but I favor the wax-paper type.Originally Posted by shigga
First, you tape a vellum sheet over the pencilled page (use 3-M removable tape for this--don't use spray mounts that will stick to your pencilled page and pull up graphite and paper in the peel-off!). You'll be able to see the pencils clearly below the paper, and should be able to make out all the little details. IMO, this works better than blueline, because it allows the inker to see ALL of the pencils. Less GUESS-work.
I should mention though, that a lot of people I know complain about inking on transparent vellum. They don't like the surface too much. Most of these guys use a nib, I find, which isn't really the right tool for inking on vellum tranparent paper. I use a brush, and find the smooth vellum surface to be just fine. Brushes seem best for transparent vellum inking, and the ink of choice that I'll recommend is Speedball Super Black India Ink. It works great. Other inks, for whatever reason, tend to pool up on the more rubbery vellum, but speedball superblack india ink doesn't have this problem.
When you photocopy the inks from the transparent vellum, make sure of three things:
1) that you are using a good copier. you should always make good copies of your inks for presentation, so make sure the copier works well, prints well, and that the glass is clean.
2) that you have a white sheet of paper behind the vellum so that the linework shows up well
3) that you copy the inks on a slightly lighter setting for best clarity. Usually one shade lighter than normal will work just fine. I find that this keeps your lines from fattening up in the copying process.
One last bit about blueline: If you really want to go this route, make sure that the pencils you started with are scanned so that the linework is very DARK. This will help ensure that details make it through.
All the best,