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How-to do Tombstone Rubbings


This is a tombstone that Sabina Murray got from a granite company.

Materials needed:

  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • White paper*
  • Rubbing wax or big black crayon
  • Metallic crayon wedges are optional.

Clean the stone

Clean the stone with your brush. Remove bird droppings, dirt moss, lichen etc. from the stone. This will insure clear and sharp copy. If you have trouble getting any of these materials off the stone, be sure that you do not damage the stone in your attempt to clean it.

Cut the paper

*The paper can be white paper, rice paper or pellon.

You can get rice paper from art stores and pellon from fabric shops. Any white paper will do in a pinch.

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