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About the Art

ScratchboardScratchboard Art

Most people are not familiar with the medium of scratchboard. Scratchboard art began in England long before the development of photography. Scratchboard consists of a wood panel, covered with a heavy coat of white china clay and then a thin top layer of black India ink. An image is created by using hand tools such as needles and scalpels to etch through the layer of ink. Color can then be brushed into the scratch, using transparent watercolors. After the image is complete, it is protected with multiple layers of a scratch resistant, UV protectant varnish. Scratchboard is a very time consuming and demanding process. A single misplaced line can destroy the entire work at any time – but I enjoy the patience and detail that this exacting medium entails. The contrast of light and shadow entrances me.

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