‘Pouncing’: A Simple Technique to Transfer Patterns onto Plaster Tablets

Sheila Ceccarelli

Following on from How to Make a Tessellated Design, teenagers, at AccessArt’s Experimental Drawing Class, demonstrate how to transfer their designs onto a plaster tablet, using the very Victorian method of ‘pouncing’.

Libby transferring her design from paper to plaster using 'pouncing'
Libby transferrs her design from paper to plaster using ‘pouncing’


Pouncing is a method where by little holes are pierced into paper, following a pattern or design, and then a pouncing pad or pouch is used to ‘pounce’ powder through the pattern to transfer the image onto a firm surface.

Students transferred their images onto plaster tablets – in Victorian times they would have pounced onto walls to create ornate and decorative murals.

Pouncing is still used today in mural work and embroidery.

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