What is Scratchboard?
Scratchboard refers to both a fine-art medium, and an illustrative technique.
ScratchBoard is a unique art form using a wooden panel coated with a layer of white clay and then sprayed with a layer of black India ink.
A 2-dimensional subtractive art form, it is created using sharp tools to remove or ‘scratch’ through the black India Ink revealing the underlying white clay. The artist uses varying tools, pressure, and techniques, concentrating on lights and darks until the desired effect is achieved and the image seems to ‘appear’ out of a black board.
Artworks may be left black & white, or the exposed clay areas can be colored using a variety of transparent mediums such as watercolor, ink, and fluid acrylics.
Scratchboard has roots going back to the 1800’s when black and while illustrations were created for newspapers and books. Creation of archival, museum grade materials has allowed it to continually evolve to the present day where it is now prominent in design work and fine art.
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