Max Ernst used texture rubbings to overcome his fear of the white canvas, and ignite his imagination.
“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”
Max Ernst, 1891-1976
The embedded video preview does not appear to be working, so please click the link below to watch a 4 minute short film of Max Ernst drawing in his studio. It’s lovely.
frot·tage frôˈtäZH/ noun: the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art.
There is a modern slang definition for frottage, but this is not the place for such things.