Gum eraser

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Artgum® eraser


A soft block composed of Fastice (vulcanized vegetable oil) that crumbles easily. Gum erasers are soft and nonabrasive, but leave numerous small yellow crumbs that darken with age (Estabrook, 1989). The crumbs can be removed with a vacuum or brushing. Gum erasers do minimal damage to the surface of Paper and are often used by artists for Pencil and Charcoal drawings. They are also used to clean Leather and erase smudges, pencil marks, and dirt from paper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Draft Clean; Design® Artgum® eraser; soap eraser

Resources and Citations

  • E. Estabrook "Considerations of the Effect of Erasers on Cotton Fabric" JAIC 28:79-96, 1989. Link
  • E. J. Pearlstein, D. Cabelli, A. King, & N. Indictor :Effects of Eraser Treatment on Paper" JAIC 22(1):1-12, 1982. Link
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997