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Everyone from kids to professional artists will enjoy adding instant energy and drama to paper or clay projects with these fun textured rubbing plates. The intricate textured designs are molded right into the flexible and sturdy 8½" × 11" (22 cm × 28 cm) plastic plates.
Easily add detailed patterns to drawings, greeting cards, murals, or collages by placing the plate under the paper and rubbing. Or use them to emboss detailed designs onto clay projects. Simply impress a pattern by using a brayer, or applying pressure by hand.
Add even more texture by running the rubbing plate and a thin clay slab through a pasta machine. Start with the patterns on the sheets, and then create new ones by twisting and turning the plates to create cross hatching, half tones, and more.
Sheets are washable and sturdy enough to use in project after project. Each 6-sheet set contains many different designs.
™ Shade-Tex is a trademark.
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from Wayne, NE
Comments about Shade-Tex Rubbing Plates:
The product is good, but a few things to be aware of: works best with thinner paper (such as copier paper) and pencils/colored pencils; for rubbings, use the smoother side, or won't get a good transfer; the sheets are fairly thin and flimsy (I was expecting a thicker non-bending plastic plate); and they are somewhat "slippery" so it takes a little practice (for younger children) and patience to securely hold the paper in place over the texture plate while making a rubbing. I have not tried them with oven-bake clay, so I have no information about that aspect of the product's use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great line of products!
from New Orleans, LA
I haven't used this product yet but I'm eagerly anticipating their use. These rubbing plates are exactly what I expected. I'm also impressed with the speedy service and arrival of the products! Thanks.
from San Jose, CA
These are fun tools for gelli printing, rubbings, stamping. Great for adults and kids!
Excited about these
from Benton, Ky
I did not have any texture plates in the art room. I made some with odds and ends I had found in wallpaper books, or sand paper, or whatever I could make on my own (which actually turned out pretty neat. I used glue on white paper and made different designs.) Anyway, These are larger than I thought but I'm hoping to cut them into 4ths or 6ths. They are a little thin but will do. I know the students will just love them!! I can't wait to teach texture next year!!!
Fun and easy to use.
from Chandler, AZ
These are much easier to use for crayon texture projects than other options, and they produce such a nice finished product. This is because they are a full page in size, so there aren't any edges that interfere in the middle of the page the children are working with. Excellent product!
A big hit with my students
By Mr. Smith the Art Teacher
from Chicago, IL
I bought this to use in my art projects with my students. I was surprised at how much they love these things. I showed them how to use multiple textures to create layers and depth in their artwork. I couldn't be more happy with the results.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This product is great
from St. Paul, MN
I have purchase and donated two sets of Shade-tex plates to an art program I attend. They are most frequently used in regular pottery classes (note:for moist clay sprinkle some corn starch down before using a rolling pin for a good impression). Students have also used with polymer clay. Both sides of the patterns can be used, depending what you want to high light. I plan on buying at least one more set.
Don't waste your money
By Smarter Art
from San Diego, CA
The plates are flimsy and flexible yet the plastic is hard like it will crack if bent too far. It would be a complete surprise if they last a class period let alone the entire school year. They are difficult to determine correct side and if a student presses too hard, it is likely that the texture will completely disappear. I am glad I did not open all the packages, these will certainly go back. I was better off with the freebie scrap materials from the Architectural firm that was down sizing.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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By Alice in Georgia
from Snellville, GA
I was very disappointed with these rubbing plates. First it was difficult to tell which was the 'right' side. Made first rubbing and it had no texture. Finally realized I had the wrong side. I was using these with fabric and the results were not what I was hoping for. Maybe a different medium would give better results, such as clay.
Very pleased, but one small caveat
from San Diego, CA area
I am going to use them with polymer clay. I bought the cultural pattern set and love the designs. My only complaint would be a small thing--that the designs on the Egyptian plate are different from the ones shown on the picture on the package, which I happened to be interested in. These plates are of clear plastic and somewhat flexible. Using both sides, I will be able to take both positive and negative impressions. I foresee that the original plates may not last too long if I use them a lot, so I plan to take (and bake) clay impressions of both sides and then I will have them permanently. I read (in a book on polymer clay) about doing this even with rubber stamps/texture plates, and think it is a good precaution for anyone to take. On the whole, the designs are very nice, and I am pleased that there are so many plates (6) to a set. I am guessing that if they had been made of rubber, there would not have been so many, or else the price would have had to be a lot higher, limiting the number I could buy. This set was a bargain at the price, and I will be buying more of these plates--maybe the architectural set next.
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