History buffs and archaeologists often make rubbings to keep records of gravestone markings.
You can do the same to help stage your home.
I wanted something large that would lie flat and stay in one place, so I used an elephant ear leaf from my garden. Leaves are great rubbing subjects.
I knew the raised ribs of the leaf would pick up in the rubbing. I used a brand new green crayon with the paper wrapper removed.
I placed the leaf upside down because the veins were more pronounced on the underside of the leaf. Most leaves have more texture on the underneath side.
|Stylized geometric images make good rubbings, even if they are |
rather primitive like this one. If you have them or if you want to invest in
some art supplies, oil pastels are an excellent medium for this technique.
Why not indulge your printmaking whims by trying some rubbings, one of the oldest and most widespread printmaking techniques? It's a simple and economical way to produce interesting art for your home staging.