WHAT IS SCRATCHART?
ScratchArt or scratchboard art as it is
commonly called is done on material called Claybord Black. It is a masonite
board covered in white Kaolin clay and then sprayed with India ink. I
transfer my drawing onto the board using white transfer paper. Then using a
small implement, an Xacto knife (#11 blade), or my new favorite tool, a
scalpel, I make small, sometimes tiny scratches in varying depths, revealing
the white beneath and eventually the image emerges. This can be left as is
at this point or I can “color” it, using thin coats of acrylic paint or the
colored inks I used for this rose, made especially for claybord. I scratch
in again over and over to achieve the depth of color and highlights that I
want. I coat it with a spray sealer, to protect the finished piece.
This link goes to an article about the "Making of Joseph"
Lorna Hannett AFCA - ASA
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