FIGURE 8-8. Sample "Block" Lettering

FIGURE 8-8. Sample "Block" Lettering


Many people remember the wooden or plastic expandable gatelike devices they used as children to trace an image or picture from one page to another. These pantographs can be purchased at art supply stores (or from The Trainer's Warehouse in Resources for Trainers) and used to enlarge or reduce an image from a page onto your flip chart when preparing for a program. At one end of the pantograph, there is a point for tracing along the lines of an image. The other end holds a pencil that moves along your flip chart page in concert with the tracing end. You can then use colored markers to trace the drawn image and add some impact to the flip chart page.

Projection Device

If you wish to trace an image from the page of a book, photograph, or other solid source, you can use a small projection unit (opaque projector) found at many art supply stores. You simply place the item to be enlarged or reduced and traced under the projector and turn it on. A disadvantage is that on some models the source item might be damaged from heat if you leave it on for too long.

Circle Devices

If you need to draw perfect circles of various sizes onto your flip chart pages, you have a number of options. Many are available in art and teacher supply stores. Others are as close as your kitchen (e.g., bowl lids). Another technique involves taking a standard

FIGURE 8-9. Commercial Alternatives for Drawing Circles

wooden ruler or yardstick, drilling holes at every inch point, and using it to draw circles of the circumference you need. You do so by inserting a pencil tip through a hole, holding the end of the ruler/yardstick in place with one hand, then drawn in the shape of a circle. There are also at least four commercial alternatives for drawing circles:

Chalkboard compasses (see Figure 8-9) can be used to hold chalk or small markers when drawing on chalk or dry erase boards or flip chart paper. These can be found at most teacher supply stores.

Clip compasses (see Figure 8-9) are sold in art supply stores and have a spring loaded clip for holding a marker, pencil or crayon and can draw circles up to nine inches round.

Flip chart compasses (see Figure 8-9) are actually multipurpose drawing tools that have been modified for use as a protractor, compass, straight edge, angle template, and horizontal ruler. You simply insert a marker at one end, position it on your paper and start drawing perfect circles (see Trainer's Warehouse in the Resources for Trainers section).

Shape templates are available with various sized circles and can be obtained at craft, art or other stores selling school or office supplies.

Flip Chart Stickers

These colorful stickers come in a variety of shapes and colors and can be added to your flip charts to highlight or bullet a line of text or key points (see Trainer's Warehouse in Resources for Trainers section).

Fluorescent Tape

You can add impact and color to single words or entire lines of text by covering them with this transparent tape that allows the words underneath to be read. You can reposition the tape, which comes in green, orange, yellow, purple, and blue (see Trainer's Warehouse).

Flip Chart Border Tape

These colorful tape borders can add impact and color to your written message. Simply cut strips from a roll and attach them along your flip chart pages for instant pizzazz (see Trainer's Warehouse).

Error Correction Paper

If you have ever created flip charts before a session and realized that you misspelled or used the wrong word, you know the feeling of frustration. You can correct the problem by cutting two blank sections the size of the error from a blank flip chart page, then taping the sections over the mistake with transparent tape (from the reverse side of the page) and rewriting your message. You can also purchase rolls of white correction tape onto which you can write a new message after covering a mistake.

Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

Many organizations and conference facilities will not allow you to tape or pin things to their cloth wall coverings. To get around such restrictions, there is now a new double-sided tape that is made of felt and does not damage wall surfaces. Simply cut off a long strip, run it along the wall, and then stick clip chart pages along the strip. When the session ends, peel it off the wall, put it back on the roll, and you're done (see Trainer's Warehouse).

Magnetic Shapes

If you have a metal writing board (some flip chart easels and dry erase boards are) or metal strips around the wall of your room, you can hang individual flip chart pages and posters. To do so, either buy refrigerator magnets in shapes related to your session topic (e.g., cars, trucks, planes, or boats for travel-related classes, telephones or computers for customer service) or create your own. To do the latter, cut out various shapes (e.g., stars for service stars) from brightly colored poster board or construction paper and buy a roll of magnetic strip at an office supply store and cut small pieces of the magnet to glue to the back of the shapes. An added bonus is that you can award the magnets as prizes at the end of the session as a reminder of the training experience.

BIG Pencils

You can buy actual pencils that are several feet in length, along with other huge props such as Band-Aids, aspirin, notepads, and many other everyday items. Use the pencils as flip chart or screen pointers and the other items as props to tie to program themes (e.g., a Band-Aid for a big problem). I used to get these from a company called Think BIG!, which is now out of business. If you know of an alternate source, please let me know.

Cloth Panel Wall Clips

If you are training in a room with cloth wall coverings, you can purchase special clips designed for use in modular office cubicles. They have two long pins on the back that insert into the cloth and a plastic clip on the front that hangs onto your flip chart paper or posters. They are available at office supply stores.

Hang Tabs

As an alternative to tape, you can purchase plastic adhesive tabs to affix to the front or back corners of your pages. Simply peel off the covering and adhere the sticky part to the paper. These tabs come with a small hole punched in the top center so that you can either hang the poster by string or with push pins. The tabs are useful if you have laminated items and want to hang them for display in programs, as they will hold the additional weight that masking tape sometimes will not.

Corkboard Display Strip

In rooms that you use for training regularly at your organization, there is a more permanent means of hanging flip chart pages and other items. You can mount wooden or metal strips that have corkboard (the same as found on bulletin boards) around the perimeter of the room at a height of approximately 7 feet. When ready to display items, use push pins (the kind with the large plastic colored heads) or thumb tacks that you can get at office, school, and art supply stores.

Multiple Purpose Labels

These handy clear, multicolored, and white labels come in packets of 500 or more, and in shapes such as large circles, squares, and rectangles. They can be used to substitute for masking tape when you need to hang a sheet of flip chart paper. Two labels (at least 11/ inch) at the top of the sheet should be all you need.

Flexible Curve

There is a tool called a "flexible curve" that is used by graphic artists and technicians who need to be able to draw special shapes (e.g., circles, curves, squares, and so forth). It is a 24-inch plastic covered, flexible, square metal core that can be bent in virtually any shape and traced. It is made by Staedtler and can be purchased in office supply and graphic art supply stores (see Graphic Arts Material in Resources for Trainers in the appendices). The tool comes in handy when creating a shape on your flip charts and other written materials. Simply form your shape, lay it against the paper, and trace around it.

Cloth Panel Wall Clips

Cloth Panel Wall Clips


In what ways can you add art images to your training materials? (Be Specific.) .

Who do you know who can help you learn to draw basic characters or create them for you? .

Cling-On Surfaces

A clever alternative to flip chart paper is a vinyl substance that comes in individual sheets mounted to pads like flip chart paper and in rolls. These sheets are reusable because you use dry erase markers to write or draw on them. They cling to virtually any wall surface through static electricity and therefore there is no need to use masking tape. Also, their flexibility and light weight make them handy when you have to travel to a site to conduct a session. Of course, with many creative products there is a downside. Because the surface is erasable, you cannot prepare and reuse the sheets unless you place them between cardboard or other storing material to prevent smearing (see Presentation Equipment and Accessories in the Resources for Trainers in the appendices).

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