Q: I had my rubbing plates in the back of my hot car, but now they have lost their shape. What happened?
Over exposure to heat or intense sunlight can be a problem. If the rubbing plates get warm enough, the designs will “melt” away or become mis-shapen.Read More
Q: Can I usemy rubbing plates as a mold for UTEE hot wax?
No. The rubbing plates are created with a thermo-forming process. The plates will lose their shape if you use them with hot materials such as melted wax.Read More
Q: Can I use my rubbing plates for things other than paintstik rubbings?
Let me count the ways… Check out the Rubbing Plate Roundup book for a dozen techniques for creating textured treasures with rubbing plates and fabric, paper, clay, metal and paint. You’ll find ideas for using rubbing plates as a stamp, as a mold and as a rubbing plate (of course!).Read More
Q: Can I trim the edges off my rubbing plates or cut them into several pieces?
Yes, you can cut rubbing plates apart quite easily. A while back, I was doing some mono-printing with a gelatin plate and had trouble with the edges of a rubbing plate making marks where I didn’t want them. I simply trimmed the edges off and had much better results. You can cut a rubbing plate…Read More
Q: How big are the rubbing plates?
Rubbing plates are 7” square. The design surface of each plate is 6 ½” square.Read More
Q: Can I use both sides of my rubbing plates?
Of course! (You can do whatever you want!) I always check both sides of a rubbing plate to see which side I like better. Sometimes I like the back side better than the “right” side!Read More
Q: How do I keep my paintstik from dipping down into large openings in my rubbing plates?
Excellent question! Ready for Secret Weapon #3? Peel the film from the sideof your paintstik rather than the end. This will give you a long, flat surface area to paint with – and will help you glide across the top of the rubbing plate instead of dipping down into the openings. For a more detailed…Read More
Q: I’m making rubbings, but it’s difficult to get a clean image. How can I keep my fabric from slipping while I am making rubbings?
Here’s Secret Weapon #2… Spray the top of your rubbing plate with a repositionable adhesive. (I call these sprays “Post-it Notes in a Can” because that’s exactly how they work.) Let the adhesive dry for a minute or two and then proceed to make the rubbings. The adhesive keeps your fabric from sliding around on…Read More
Q: Is there a way to keep my rubbing plates from sliding around without taping them to my table?
Yes, yes, yes! Get yourself a Grip-n-Grip sticky mat. Whatever you put on the mat stays exactly where you put it. (This is the first of my “secret weapons” for making good rubbings.)Read More