EXPLORING TEXTURE – Rubbing Plates, Crayon Resist

Students create rubbing plates with Crayola Washable Glue and use them with crayons and paint to explore real and simulated texture.

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EXPLORING TEXTURE – Rubbing Plates, Crayon Resist


  • Crayola Washable No-Run Glue
  • Crayola Regular Crayons - Not Washable
  • Crayola Watercolour Paints
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Water Containers
  • Cardstock or Bristol Board Paper - 8 cm x 15 cm (3" x 6") - 3 per student
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Make 3 different texture cards.
  2. Draw different patterns on each of the pieces of Bristol board with glue.
Step 2
  1. Use the texture cards as rubbing plates.
  2. Place a piece of paper on top of the rubbing plate and colour over it with a crayon.
  3. This is called making a rubbing.
  4. See what happens when you place the paper on top of the plate in a different direction and use a different coloured crayon to make the rubbing.
Step 3
  1. Once you are satisfied with the rubbing paint over it with watercolour paint.
Step 4
  1. The paint and crayon won't mix.
  2. Notice how the paint sits on top of the wax crayon creating interesting textures.
Step 5
  1. When the paint dries you can polish the card by lightly rubbing it with a tissue.
  2. The card now looks as if it has 3-dimensional textures even though it is flat.
  3. This is called simulated texture.
Illustrated Crayon Character