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Making Paper & Fabric Rubbings: Capturing Designs from Brasses, Gravestones, Carved Doors, Coins and More Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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YA-A guide to creating permanent and semipermanent mementos using pencil, paper, and an engraved artifact. Firestein describes her own casual and uninformed entrance into the craft of rubbings, then goes on to explain how to create T-shirts, note paper, and framed pictures from these simple site-gathered souvenirs. Background information details the history of this ancient craft, dating the oldest rubbing back to approximately 300 A.D. Photographs illustrate this art form from many cultures, some ancient and some obtained by the author, ranging from simple leaves to elaborate cathedral doors. The author provides practical tips and step-by-step instructions, including necessary materials, suitable subjects, and adequate preparation. YAs should find this craft an impetus for hands-on historical study.-Pamela Cooper-Smuzynski, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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This art form is accessible to almost everyone, yet few realize the resources around them.
"Making Paper & Fabric Rubbings..." covers a wealth of ideas and techniques. You'll enjoy this at home, but especially as you travel. If you keep a diary or journal, you'll find wonderful new ways to illustrate it with rubbings. If you're a fabric artist, rubbings can be great material for unusual quilts and wall hangings.
Even better, once you start making rubbings, you'll look at the world in a different way. You'll notice more than colors and shapes, but also textures.
I go through a lot of books. Some delight me at first, and then I don't refer to them again. This one is a keeper.
I got one of these for my artist sister, then read the surprisingly highly-rated tempest-in-teapot review below, and immediately perused the book, including especially the "Methods" chapter. Bottom line: this title definitely rates 5 stars, without reservation.
First of all for the *superb* color reproductions of a huge variety of exceptional rubbings (i.e., rubbings of exceptionally beautiful objects).
Then I read the Methods chapter sections -- comprising 5 or 6 diverse methods (including wet and dry paper techniques and even Gyotaku -- Japanese "Fish Printing", as in real fish!). Each is spelled out step-by-numbered-step (with up to 9 steps), including preservation -- of both the rubbing and the rubbed object.
"Sketchy"?? The first Methods chapter page sez it all: Here are the simple basics, now try them on a variety of objects around the house, and you'll quickly learn about the major problems and challenges (listed FYI), and the medium's opportunities.
'Nuff said -- now go out and try your hand at one or more of the "field trip" methods so fully spelled out. This ain't rocket science, it's quick ramp-up fun!
The book also discusses rubbing's history, kids' projects, papers, crayons etc., and lays out a dozen crafts projects -- all on shiny white paper, compleat with pre-printed bookplate on the front fly!
What's not to like, or more to ask for?!? DO get this bargain title (through Marketplace resellers) if you're the slightest bit interested in this fascinating and potentially hugely educational craft medium. Enjoy, enjoy!...