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Roulettes and moulettes are normally used in printmaking in two different techniques:
- Giving a grain on the surface of the plate which results in a darker tone in the final print. Several roulettes and moulettes can be applied in building up an image with various grey-tones. Before the invention of the mezzotint-rocker , roulettes were also used to give an equal dark tone to the whole plate. Scrapers and burnishers were then used to smoothen the surface in order to create different tonal values, hence an image.
- Crayon-manner, (chalk-manner). First a soft ground is applied to the plate. Next, roulettes and moulettes are used on this ground. The teeth and point will penetrate the soft ground. Afterwards the plate is etched. This has been for a long time the way to imitate crayon-drawings, hence the name "crayon-manner".