Rubbing Plates

Rubbing plates are double sided plastic plates, with each side producing somewhat different effects. They can be used as texture for a variety of techniques, including rubbings with paintstiks, transfer crayons or water color; foiling; gelatin prints; impressions in clay and more. Twelve techniques using rubbing plates are described in the book Rubbing Plate Roundup by Shelly Stokes.

All the rubbing plate samples shown below are done with iridescent paintstiks. For technique instructions, click here.


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