Last week I did some experimenting with making graphite rubbings from tree bark and used watercolours to add colour to them. Yesterday I decided to experiment and see if I could do the same thing with my rubber stamps.

To make the rubbings I used crayola wax crayons, the types of papers I used were cartridge paper, tissue paper and coffee filter paper. The reason I chose these papers was because they were all thin enough to get a rubbing from. Thicker papers and cards dont work as well. The coffee filter paper I liked best because it was like very thin watercolour paper and soaked up the paints afterwards.

The overall rubbings image effect is distressed; kind of disorted and muted. The only drawback is that it gives you a backwards impression of your stamped image, but that doesnt really matter if your not using word stamps. Collage style stamps seem to be ideal for this as do stamps with very bold solid areas.

How To Make A Crayon Rubbing:

You place the tissue paper, cartridge paper or coffee filter paper onto the rubber side of the stamp, hold it in place with one hand, with the other hand use the entire length of a wax crayon (remove paper wrapping from the crayon first) and roughly drag the crayon over the top of the paper to take a dry rubbing of the stamp design.

When you add colour to the image the wax kinda acts like a resist, so you can soak the image with watercolours or colorwash sprays afterwards.

Here are some scans of the rubbings I made below:

Notes on Crayon Rubbings:

* First Rubbing Top Left: Using 96gsm cartridge paper, colour was added using watercolour paints.
* Second Rubbing Top Middle:Â Using 96gsm cartridge paper, this time no colour was added, I used 3 different colour crayons to get a rainbow rubbing.
* Third Rubbing Top Right: Using Tissue Paper, colour was added using watercolour paints.
* Fourth Rubbing Bottom Left: Using Tissue Paper and Adirondack Colourwash Sprays.
* Fifth Rubbing Bottom Right: Using Coffee Filter Paper and watercolour crayons.