Surrealists loved the unexpected results of frottage. They liked to imagine that the textured pattern could be something else. For example, if you rub on a wooden board with a pencil and paper, the resulting woodgrain pattern could be cut up and used to represent mountains, or birds, or even ... trees!
For this activity you’ll need:
- sheets of paper
- pencils or crayons
Step 1: Find a textured surface
Interesting textures are hiding everywhere. Find one now.
Step 2: Create a rubbing
Hold your sheet of paper over the surface, and gently rub over the paper with your pencil or crayon.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2
Create at least five rubbings.
Step 4: Cut up your rubbings
Cut your rubbings into different shapes.
Step 5: Use your cuttings to create an artwork
Arrange your cuttings on a blank sheet of paper to create a surreal landscape or seascape. Once you’re happy with how you’ve arranged them, glue down your cuttings.
This activity has been adapted from the free-to-download surreal activities teaching resource