Textures of NYC Vol 61
December 14, 2014 by Brooke
For the project this a week I decided to work on the metallic textured openings to the basements of most restaurants and bodegas. It is a texture that is on nearly every block in NYC. I find this underground world interesting – Does anyone know of any secret bars or social clubs using one of these spaces?
While I am basing this weeks texture on the basement openings found all over NYC, the rubbing itself was done in my apartment. If you’ve been outside lately you’ll understand why I decided to stay indoors to get this rubbing done.
I’m still searching for the perfect medium for this project and I’ve been steadily getting closer. This week, I decided to work with crayola crayons based on this article on grave stone rubbings . I will be ordering the special wax cakes and interfacing fabric for my next post so stay tuned for those results.
In my previous post I found that oil pastels capture textures nicely at first, however, when you begin layering them the image and colors become muddy. I expected the waxiness of the crayon to maintain color crispness and separation when layered.
The results of using the crayola were as I expected. They worked nicely to capture the texture, the only drawback is/was that it is difficult to get a really vibrant color from the crayons b/c of their waxiness.
Nice! Like the effect of your shadow too. Could you use this sheet to do another rubbing, maybe something with words or picture. Think it might make a nice background.