Peacock Patterns by Cathy Loos
This drawing was accomplished by scratching off ink from a board (Claybord by Ampersand) that was coated with a layer of white clay under black ink. I used a strong, sharp needle to make the scratches. An artist can get a very precise, and highly detailed images with this method. Artists use a variety of tools for scratching through the ink: tips made by speedball, small wire brushes, sandpaper, steel wool, and ink erasers.
I usually leave my drawings black and white because I like the high contrast. Some artists like to add transparent color. After completion, I spray the board with an acrylic sealant.
You can also put black ink over foil paper. Once the ink dries, you can scratch the surface and expose the shiny metal below.
If you are interested in learning more, the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), is dedicated to promoting scratchboard as fine art, supports artists, and educates the public about this art form.
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