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Making Scratchboard

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by Rick Martin, Nov 25, 2017.


  1. Rick Martin

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    Im not sure if this is the right place for this, but @RichardH has got my head realin with this thing they call scratchboard. I did some research on this and found out that this was really popular in the late 1800's and into the 20th century, but it gas become a dying art as most have went to the digital age. Now what they use is mostly clayboard with india ink on top of it. Ive looked in every art shop in the city and cant find it. Every shop that has a web site says they have it but in a warehouse and not the store.

    So my mind working like it does started searching for another way and i think ive found it. I had another 5x7 piece of gesso board lying around so i shot the panel with india ink. Damn fogot to resize pics to fit. Pics will come in the next post.
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    I do have some scratch paper that Richard sent me but on the first one i got to heavy with a blade and went down to the clear plastic sheath.
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    Most scratch artist use an exacto knife with #11 blade. I use anything sharp that I have on hand. Ampersand even has their own instruments to scratch with. Fiber brushes, hard erasers, brass cleaning brushes for fur and whiskers, tatoo needles etc. etc.
    I even use a paasche needle that I have spares for sometimes.
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    Yep. I didn't care much for the scratch paper but it is fun to play with. It scratches too easy.
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    Oh now thats an idea. Glad i didnt throw my old paasche needle away.
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    It might be that way with the gesso board too but i will find out a little bit later.
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    Their is a group on facebook that I follow and belong to. It's scratchboard artist. You might look at it and see what others can do with it. Some are very good at it. I tried to attach the site here but couldn't figure out how to make it work.
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    Ill do a search on it

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