Be Curious - Taking Rubbings

What are ‘rubbings’?

Rubbings, one of the oldest methods of printmaking, have been used in many cultures.  
Making rubbings of textured surfaces enables us to see and record texture.  (A texture is a raised or indented surface). This simple technique involves placing paper on a textured surface and rubbing a pencil or crayon across its surface, pressing on the texture all the while. The resulting rubbing is an impression of the texture on the paper.


Take a look at the following examples, as a guide to see how well this technique can work.



If you're following the 'Create your own collage papers' suggestions you can go back to the next stage after 'Taking Rubbings,' here.

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