What are scratch art techniques?

What are scratch art techniques?

Scratchboard art is a way of creating an image by starting with a black surface and scratching through it to reveal a white layer below. It’s a type of direct engraving, which means cutting or incising an image into a surface.

What is scratch art called?

Scratchboard (North America and Australia) or scraperboard (Great Britain), is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. There is also foil paper covered with black ink that, when scratched, exposes the shiny surface beneath.

What can I use as a scraperboard?

This includes needles (upholstery or embroidery needles work better than sewing needles because they are stiffer. You can just tape them to the end of a pencil so they’re easier to hold); sand paper, steel wool, Exacto knives, or scratchboard tools/knives.

What is a scrapper board?

Scraperboard, or scratch board, is a drawing medium that is traditionally a black-coated board with a white layer beneath. A wide variety of drawing techniques can be used on scraperboard to give various effects such as cross hatching, parallel lines and dots.

How do you make scratchboard art?

To make scratchboard art, you can start with pre-made panels that have three layers: a hard board as a base, coated with a layer of white clay, and then covered with a thin top layer of black ink. Using craft knives or sharp small engraver’s points, you slowly cut into the black surface.

What tool do you use to draw on a scratchboard?

All of the effects in images 1, 2 and 3 were achieved by stippling—simply poking at the surface with the tip of a No. 11 X-Acto blade. (Some scratchboard artists prefer using a stylus or needle in a handle to using an X-Acto blade.)

How do you transfer your drawings to your scratchboard?

I transfer the image to my scratchboard panel (a white clay-coated board, covered with black India ink) by chalking the back of my drawing, placing it on the scratchboard, and tracing over the lines carefully. Once this is done, I remove the drawing and gently wipe off the excess chalk, leaving behind faint white lines that are my road map.

Why is John Agnew a scratchboard artist?

John N. Agnew, featured in The Artist’s Magazine (July/August 2012) has made a name for himself as a scratchboard artist. “I enjoy acrylic for painting because it lets me work quickly,” he says. “I enjoy scratchboard for its ability to produce very precise detail and an etching-like line quality.” He…