Using Rubbing Plates for Molded Paper

© Susan Stein 2009


  • Rubbing plates (plate used in sample is from “Organics” set)
  • WashAway™ Foundation Paper by Collins (or similar)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Dye-na-Flow paint by Jacquard
  • Sponge brush
  • Cooking spray


  1. Spray the recessed side of the rubbing plate with cooking spray. Lay two pieces of water soluble paper over the rubbing plate and spray with lots of water.
  2. With a sponge brush dipped into Dye-na-Flow paint, press paint onto the paper by holding your index finger on the back of the brush, allowing you to push the wet paper into the impressions of the rubbing plate. Let dry thoroughly (the hard part).

  1. Carefully pull the molded paper off the rubbing plate. Steam press lightly to flatten the paper out as much as possible without flattening the image.
  2. Trim off the edges close to the image, leaving a extra 1/4" seam allowance. Cut four border strips that coordinate with the painted paper. Sew them to the edges of the paper, using a longer stitch length than usual to avoid perforating the paper. Press the border strips out flat.

  1. Choose a paintstik that matches an accent color in the border fabric and rub over the high points of the paper. Let dry for two to three days.

  1. Mat the piece or finish it off as a small wall quilt.

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