Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Hi. Terry Grant, here. I have long been fascinated with rubbings—where you lay a piece of paper (or fabric) on a textured surface and "rub" some kind of pigment, usually a crayon of some kind, over the surface, reproducing an image of the texture on your substrate. Natural surfaces are—forgive the pun—"naturals" for rubbings.

The other day I tried some natural surface rubbings on fabrics. I used leaf skeletons, wood, tree bark, a grass basket, and stone. It is a great way to create textures for use in fiber art work.

I like to rub with watercolor crayons. I have a couple brands that I like and use them interchangeably.

Peel the paper down aways so you can rub with the side of the crayon.

I picked up a couple of skeltonized leaves from outside to rub. I put them on a flat, hard surface, then taped my fabric down over the top so they wouldn't move, then rubbed, using several colors of crayons.

After rubbing, I iron the fabric to heat set the crayons.

Here is the one I made using a woven grass basket.

To make these fabrics permanent, after heat setting, I brush a watery mixture of acrylic medium and water over the design and let it dry thoroughly.

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