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#1 of 7 Old 06-14-2005, 11:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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If so, what is the best type of paper and charcoal or whatever to use? i've never done it before but we are going to New England today and there are a few I'd like to do.

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The best place to do them for where you are going is to Swan Point Cemetary on Blackstone Blvd. in Providence! HP Lovecraft is there somewhere! It is an old, old cemetary, and park-like and lovely. I used to picnic there!

I have used newsprint, as well as thin watercolor paper.

Have fun!!

edit to add...use a harder charcoal, rather than a really soft one...

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I bet a conte crayon would work really well. You can get them at craft stores in the art supplies section. they're like a crayon, more earthy rather than waxy, but a little less messy than charcoal, and less likely to smear. They come in red, black, brown and white. You can also buy big pads of newsprint there.
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I have only ever used newsprint paper. And I use good old crayons, but I like the idea of using a conte crayon. I'll try that next time.
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first a note. In some places it is illegal to do tombstone rubbings you can usuallly call ahead and find out rules and regulations of a particular cemetary.

info on rubbing: http://www.gravehunter.net/tombstone_rubbings.htm



info on the cem that a pp mentioned( I did not call and ask if rubbing was allowed):

Swan Point Cemetery
585 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-272-1314

A historic cemetery with beautiful plantings and monuments. Walking and slow bicycloing allowed. Proper attire requested. Many noted Rhode Island politicians are buried here.

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Lots of old cemeteries here in New Orleans. Might have to try it!
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If so, what is the best type of paper and charcoal or whatever to use? i've never done it before but we are going to New England today and there are a few I'd like to do.

Thanks!!
I did them years ago (before kids). A word of advice, please ask the caretaker of the cemetery you are going too first. Also some cities now have ordinances against doing grave rubbings because they believe it leads to the breaking down of the headstone.

I used good artist parchment type paper for my rubbings that I bought at a art supply store. I also bought a heavy stick charcoal because the thinner grades often would break.
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