Wax Rubbing Art Workshop (Manhole Cover)

Marlon Cole

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13 Videos (11m)
    • The Process

    • Step 1. Gather All Tools

    • Step 2. Find Iron Cover

    • Step 3. Clean Manhole Cover

    • Step 4. Cover With Paper

    • Step 5. Wax On Wax Off

    • Fabric Print 1A

    • Fabric Print 2A

    • Fabric Print 3A

    • Wax Rubbing

    • In Store Display 1

    • In Store Display 2

    • Bonus


About This Class

Here is an outdoor workshop made to inspire you to explore your neighborhood and to find beauty in mundane things, like manhole covers.

Wax Rubbing onto Paper
You might be wondering, what is wax rubbing? It’s the process of rubbing black pigment over the entirety of the circular iron plate, tracing the manhole cover onto a single sheet of paper.

In the world before photography and scanners, rubbing was one of the few ways to transfer some kinds of art and craft work from one medium to another.

What Will You Learn?
You will learn wax rubbing techniques, while being able to preserve a bit of history. The manhole covers are used as our printing plate to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper. Each participant will learn about popular rubbings from early historic markers and other enthusiasts who have continued with the wax rubbing art form.

In the video lessons, I will cover the tools you need. Then I'll demonstrate wax rubbing techniques. Finally, we'll put them together to make a beautiful Fine Art print on paper and fabric.

When you enroll you have access to a PDF document containing manhole coloring sheets, wax rubbing process and articles on wax rubbing artist, and more useful resources. You also have access to the discussion group where you can ask me anything about wax rubbing, and get my help anytime you need!

Join us for this creative workshop with live printing, onsite using minimal tools.

Click 'Enroll' and let's get started!

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Quick and to the point. Cool method for making interesting art.





Marlon Cole is a resourceful graphic artist with creative experience in print & digital design. Marlon is also the publisher of 4FATHERS Journal - exploring the experiences and daily lifestyle of fathers.

Marlon took the opportunity to explore his community by searching out manhole covers and through hands-on application of rubbing wax onto paper, he has created one of a kind prints, his work can be found at marloncole.me. He has experience teaching beginning to advance wax rubbing tec...

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