16 June 2006
Taking A Rubbing
I still haven't had time to do any printing, so in a fit of frustration I took the opportunity while I was waiting for a client response to do a quick oil stick rubbing of a couple of the blocks I've been working on. This method, where you lay a piece of paper over the block and rub with a crayon or pastel is known as frottage and is a good way to proof blocks, although they come out the reverse of how they would be if you printed them. A frottage print can also be an end product in itself. Edvard Munch created a few prints this way and artist Sarah Hauser also uses this method for some of her wonderful animal prints.