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Create Your Own Texture Rubbing Plates

Create your Own Texture Rubbing PlatesCreate Your Own Texture Rubbing Plates

Texture rubbings are one of my FAVORITE things to do with my art classes-all ages LOVE to do this! It’s active, tactile and MAGICAL to watch the texture reveal as you rub over the surface! Such a fun way to learn about the element of art called texture!

Purchasing enough pre-made texture plates can be cost prohibitive to a school’s budget, so why not make your own-it’s so easy!

Create your Own Texture Rubbing Plates

Here are basic supplies you need to create your own texture rubbing plates:

  • Cardboard or Mat board cut into 6×9″ rectangles (or larger if you want), these boards are stronger than cereal boxes and will last longer for the classroom environment
  • Hot glue & hot glue gun if you are “drawing” your own designs with the glue
  • Tacky glue to glue objects onto the boards
  • Modeling paste (to press objects into)
  • Various random HARD objects that will create an interesting texture when rubbed over. Make sure to use objects that have a consistent height! Here are a few idea:
    • Man Made Objects: Paper clips, Popsicle sticks, coins, puzzle pieces, ceiling tiles, tooth picks, “O” rings, flat washers, soda can caps, the back of ceramic tiles often has an interesting pattern, etc.
    • Natural items: leaves, sea shells, sand, etc.

Instructions for “Drawing” Texture onto a Board:

  1. Draw pattern or design onto cardboard.
  2. Use hot glue gun to draw design. Try to keep it as even as possible. Hot glue works best for doing this because unlike Elmer’s or tacky glue, the hot glue will not sink down or spread out the design. Because the other glues take longer to dry, those glues will look like they melt. The hot glue will have firmer edges and the design will dry mostly like you “drew” it.

Instructions for Gluing Objects onto a Board:

  1. Spread tacky glue all over the surface of the board.
  2. lay objects into the glue.
  3. Let DRY completely.
  4. Optional: seal with another coating of glue, mod podge, or spray, clear acrylic sealer

Coming SOON: Instructions for Pressing Objects into Modeling Paste onto a Board:

How to Make Rubbing Plates with Natural Materials

What are some different objects you have made texture plates using? Please share with us in the comments below!!

Texture Rubbing Projects:

Non-Objective Watercolor Resist Painting with Texture Rubbings

Color Contrast and Texture Rubbings Iguana Watercolor Painting

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