I was quite surprised at the results of this exercise. The rubbings did not look anything like the images I had expected! I thought grooves and indentations would have been much more in evidence. However the results made me think about how I was doing this so I tried varying pressure, direction and materials used.
Examples of rubbings.
Rubbings using black wax crayon on quite thick handmade paper. The second one moved slightly as I was rubbing. I have changed my mind about those two after looking more carefully at them, I don’t think I would use them which I hinted at in my notes. Perhaps the results would have been better on thinner paper and in less wind!
Rubbings on image 3 and 4 are more successful. The paper was of a more suitable quality and I was beginning to think about the effects using the crayon from left to right and top to bottom would have.
I like using soft pastel, I think it is a lovely medium but it’s softness did influence the marks made and are probably not as true a representation of the wall surface as is necessary. Using an even lighter paper and a pencil I had expected better results. The wind was blowing and the marks were becoming scratchy as I tried to control the flapping paper! However I don’t know that it would be greatly better if the wind wasn’t there! I pressed harder and stayed cool doing the second rubbing which turned out a bit better.
I wanted to try out the care pastel which is harder than soft pastel to see if the results would be more pleasing. I know, it’s not black but I think it works anyway! I quite like this image too. The top pencil image is not one of my favourites. Don’t rub diagonally would be my advice!
This was the last rubbing I did using black carre pastel. I had to go home and get the black pastel. I am such a stickler for rules and can’t be a rebel for very long! I am glad I did though because I think this was the best image. Lots of variety in the shapes and sizes of marks, tonal variations too.