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You Will Need
- Masking tape
- Spray fixative
- Newsprint, rice paper, or vellum tissue (optional)
Obtain permission for making gravestone rubbings from cemetery authorities. Then show respect by learning and following cemetery rules.
Choose a headstone
Choose a headstone in good condition with clearly cut lines, but not deep lines, for the best results.
Clean the stone
Clean the stone. Remove dirt, grime, and stains to create the best possible gravestone rubbing, remembering to use only plain soap and water.
Cover with paper
Cover the headstone with paper, using masking tape to secure the paper to a large stone.
Rub the pencil gently across the paper over the headstone's engraved area, focusing on lines and features you want to capture, and continuing until you are satisfied with the rubbing.
Remove the paper from the headstone, and then spray it with a fixative to avoid smudging. Now your image is ready for display or to serve as a documentation of history.