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Scratchboard Drawing => Scratchboard Encourager Sessions => Topic started by: Zilpa on October 04, 2013, 11:33:37 PM

Title: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on October 04, 2013, 11:33:37 PM

Scratchboard 5"x 7" I have called it "Tears"

I did this one today. It is my second attempt at scratching so I thought it was time to challenge myself.
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Val on October 05, 2013, 02:35:52 AM
 :heeha: Wow Zilpa! This is fabulous. I've never tried this, looks like it could be great fun and very challenging too. Great job.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on October 05, 2013, 02:46:10 AM
Thank you val yes it is fun it took me 6 hours
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Post by: lynn p. on October 05, 2013, 03:59:26 AM
Wow Zilpa, Love this.  I have heard of this technique but don't know anything.  Tell us a little about the process.  The result is stunning.  :clap:
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on October 05, 2013, 04:33:04 AM
The scratch board has a layer of white clay under a layer of ink. Instead of drawing dark areas, you scratch out the light areas using a fine hatching technique with a scalpel or scratching tool. It gets done in several layers. if you scratch out an area by mistake it can be fixed with indian ink but scratching too deep is a no no. This is one of my dog Muttley which was the firts one I tried a few days ago.
 
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Val on October 05, 2013, 04:46:27 AM
Muttley looks lovely, I'll bet he's quite the character.  ;D

I've never done this, but for a first try I think it's great.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on October 05, 2013, 05:15:47 AM
Thank you Val, it takes up no room and no mess. It is advised to wear white cotton gloves though so no sweat or oils spoil the ink.
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Post by: lynn p. on October 05, 2013, 06:10:54 AM
Thanks Zilpa for the explanation.  So scratchboard is always black and white?  Love Muttley, both the art and the name :)
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Post by: scouserl41 on October 05, 2013, 07:04:50 AM
That's a haunting image Lynn P., I've never seen that technique before. Are the scratch boards available commercially or do you make them yourself?
Thanks for showing me something new.
Brian
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 05, 2013, 07:40:54 AM
Zilpa,

This is a great piece.  Wow, so much detail.

Muttley looks like quite a character.  Maybe Tony should write him into one of his stories.

Keep up the good work.  Anxious to see what you will do next.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 05, 2013, 08:06:46 AM
Zilpa,

WOW, your 'tears' painting is incredible.  I looked at it for only a few seconds, but can close my eyes and see every detail.  The eyes are piercing!

Amazing work!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: doina on October 05, 2013, 08:28:39 AM
Your scratch painting is absolute marvaleous!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: Doina
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: stoney on October 05, 2013, 10:36:36 AM
Thanks Zilpa for the explanation.  So scratchboard is always black and white?  Love Muttley, both the art and the name :)

Not always black and white.  You can do it with layers of colour and the colours of the scratch vary according to the pressure of the tool.
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Post by: stoney on October 05, 2013, 10:37:31 AM
Oh, bravo!
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Post by: Fencepost on October 05, 2013, 11:27:31 AM
Well done, Zilpa! Scratchboard is a challenging medium and you are off and running!  :clap:
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Post by: jennylynn on October 05, 2013, 12:25:10 PM
zilpa great work love them both  :yippee:
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Post by: C.Bodine on October 05, 2013, 02:38:14 PM
Fabulous job, Zilpa!!
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on October 05, 2013, 10:49:38 PM
Thanks everyone and yes you can put colour in there are different colour inks you can get. I sprayed them with varnish so I do not need to protect them with glass.
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Val on October 06, 2013, 03:38:30 PM
So....do you make your own scratchboard Zilpa?
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Post by: Happychappy on October 07, 2013, 05:05:43 AM
Zilpa, wonderful work. Love both of them.  I have never heard of scratch painting and it certainly looks interesting. Thank you for showing us something new.  Patricia
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on October 08, 2013, 08:54:53 PM
No I don't Val I am using Ampersand, I have some bigger ones on order from overseas they are cheaper to buy that way even though I have to pay for shipping.
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Val on October 09, 2013, 01:00:16 AM
Crazy that it's cheaper to ship sometimes than buying locally. Unfortunately, the Caribbean is expensive no matter which way you go!  :D
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Post by: Germa on October 09, 2013, 09:29:49 AM
Great job, I love the one with the tear and the dog is awesome.

Reminds me of the scratching we used to do at school, with oil pastels you put several layers of colour on top of each other, we used black for the last colour but you could use any colour and than scratch in it.
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Post by: Zach on October 20, 2013, 10:54:08 AM
Great job Zipla :clap: :clap:   I love scratchboard art, it looks so cool.
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Post by: Fencepost on October 20, 2013, 11:01:26 AM
I played around with scratchboard for a while. (I'm more player than artist, I'm afraid.  :2funny:) Just couldn't get the hang of negative work...taking away rather than adding color. Zilpa has it down in a big way.  O0
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: njnjgirl on December 05, 2014, 04:42:42 PM
Very good work on both Zilpa, they are quite striking.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:   I find the idea intriguing but gosh, do I have the time to try this too???
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on December 08, 2014, 02:44:48 AM
Go for it Natalie, it is how I got started on my white on black work. I did the  scratch art first.
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Annie. on December 08, 2014, 05:51:37 AM
Judie,
You may find it difficult because you think you need to reverse the image in your head to crease a 'negative'.

If you read the few pages tutorial from Russ McMullin, he explains various misconceptions about doing scratchboarding, and thinking it is a negative is one of the commonest one.

It is someone at PB that post this reference, but I cannot recall in which Forum.  The site is:

http://www.scratchboard.org/russhowto/index.html (http://www.scratchboard.org/russhowto/index.html)

It is worth reading.  It is like drawing with a white pencil.
Have fun!
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Zilpa on December 08, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
Judie check out the new scratchboard art  class Nolan has put up.
Title: My first scratchboard piece
Post by: ngeb528 on December 27, 2014, 09:23:05 AM
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Post by: Bellarina on December 27, 2014, 09:25:21 AM
Wow!  This is wonder work, well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 27, 2014, 09:31:49 AM
Zilpa, those are beautiful scratch board  art you made   :clap: :clap:

Ngeb your hourse is fantastic, the fur and eye   look so real.  :yippee:
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Post by: ncwren on December 28, 2014, 09:22:11 AM
Nice work Nancy!  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on December 29, 2014, 05:09:13 AM
Nice horse, well done. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: nolan on January 02, 2015, 02:49:24 PM
well done Nancy :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sherri on February 09, 2015, 08:59:57 AM
I am trying my hand at scratch boarding.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Love what you guys have done.

Sherri
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 09, 2015, 10:14:19 AM
Sherri,

Looking forward to seeing what you scratch out.  You do so well in other media; bet you'll do well on this, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: ngeb528 on February 09, 2015, 11:16:37 AM
Nicely done.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: serowe on February 09, 2015, 01:38:51 PM
Scratchboard has just been introduced into our University of the 3rd Age drawing classes this year - it initially seems to have polarised those taking the course. The 'purists' have looked at it and said 'well, nice - sort of' whilst others are looking at it as another technique to try and master in their drawings.

As to availability (question asked earlier) - in Melbourne (Oz) Scratch Art produce sheets (which, incidentally are made in the USA) of 10 8 1/2" x 11" sheets in a pack.  Cost in our area is around $20 or $2 a sheet (The Art Shop if any in Melbourne know of it).  The nibs are around $2.50 each and need a nib holder (sort of like the old style plastic holders we used in primary schools to hold ink writing nibs).

I'm looking forward to giving it a go as it looks like it can be an unforgiving exercise!
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Post by: Bellarina on February 09, 2015, 02:30:43 PM
Stephen, sounds like an awesome opportunity
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Post by: Zilpa on February 10, 2015, 03:58:02 AM
I use the ampersand boards, more expensive but worth it.
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Val on February 10, 2015, 10:10:26 AM
 I'm with you Zilpa. They are the only ones I've found so far that I like.   O0   Of course I haven't found any other actual 'boards'.  ::)
Title: Re: Scratch board art
Post by: Tousabella on February 15, 2015, 09:14:48 PM
Zilpa and Nancy....great pictures!  They are wonderful.
When I needed something else to do a few years ago, I did some metal scraping...a wolf and an owl.  It was great fun, so I can see how you would enjoy this.
Your pictures are terrific.