First off I made rubbings (from one of my hand carved stamps) using 4 different crayons: $1 oil pastels I've had forever, Fabric Crayons, Neocolor 1 crayon and Gelato pastels. You are laying the shiny side down on your rubbing....and lay that shiny side face down onto your paper, then iron.
When I was ready to transfer, I laid a piece of fabric next to a small piece of watercolor paper and using the iron, pressed on top of both at the same time.
First up is the cheap oil pastels.....
|The rubbing looks good.|
|Zip for transfer onto cloth...and watercolor paper|
Next, the Neocolor 1 crayon....
|Rubbing, which is beautiful...I think!|
|Some transfer onto the paper (left) but nothing on fabric|
|Again, nice transfer|
|Transfer on fabric (left) more than I thought it would|
And Fabric Crayons, which was the most successful! Go figure!
|Both fabric and watercolor took the transfer|
Now, if you are into doing paper journals, cards, etc. you can use the actual rubbing in your work....so not all is wasted. In my opinion...the idea is really a good one..especially if you are in an area that you know you want to make rubbings. But I would use the fabric crayons to carry with me.
In all fairness, I didn't use my good oil pastels...just the cheap ones. Sometime when I'm bored, I will try my Shiva oil pastels. Perhaps, the quality of the better brands would work best...but I did have fun and a good diversion from cleaning, weeding (ugh, which I hate!) and working on my 'eyes' project!