In art ‘frottage’ is the art of taking a rubbing from a textured surface. The slide show below shows you some examples. You can take rubbings from doilies, leaves, textured wall paper, bark, gravestones, lace and some other fabrics, wood, stone and many other surfaces. The rule is – if you can feel a texture with your fingers you should be able to take a rubbing. You can use a pencil or wax crayon for frottage. You can use chalks but would then have to ‘fix’ your frottage with fixative or hairspray. Look how the examples below use different coloured crayons and paper. The advantage of using wax crayons is you can then add layers of watercolour over the top. Mrs Crowther.