What can I use for grave rubbing?

Using rubbing wax, a large crayon, charcoal, or chalk, gently start to rub along the outside edges of your paper or material, carefully working your way in. Or you may choose to begin at the top and work your way down the tombstone.

Is tombstone rubbing legal?

The practice has been banned in some states and many graveyards and cemeteries. Cemeteries that have restoration projects going on, or locations designated as historic landmarks will often ban rubbings – but not always.

What kind of paper do you use for grave rubbings?

Rice paper, the type most people prefer, is sold in most artist’s supply stores and comes in various weights and textures, with a medium weight preferred for rubbing.

What are tombstone etchings?

The Etching Process Etching can also be used to repair an older headstone. You may remember your loved ones by having a picture or design etched on their headstone, monument or memorial so that they might live in the minds of future generations.

What is Aqaba paper?

“Aqaba” Brand Rubbing Paper: White “Aqaba” rubbing paper measuring 27 by 36 inches is a high strength, multi-purpose, Archival quality paper. Its uniform surface is Superior for Gravestone Rubbing, Block prints, Origami and other Art projects. It’s malleable and does not easily tear when wrapped around a gravestone.

How do you do texture rubbings?


  1. Place a piece of paper directly on the surface you intend to take the rubbing from.
  2. Use a stick of charcoal to build up a reasonable area of rubbed surface.
  3. Similarly, try using various types of material (pencil, charcoal, graphite sticks).
  4. Now look at the textured fabrics.

How long do laser etched headstones last?

Laser etched or engraved monuments are advertised to last a lifetime, but how long exactly will it last? Because laser etching draws the image or text directly onto the surface, the etching will last as long as the headstone or monument does.

How do you make a rubbing?

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