What is Scratchboard?
The majority of the values within the artwork should be achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been removed (or left).
Reapplying of transparent mediums over the initial scratching is permissible, but the integrity of the underlying scratching should remain visible.
Works may be left black & white; some artists add color. The white clay areas that have been revealed by scratching will accept color. A variety of mediums may be used for color, including watercolor, ink, and fluid acrylics. Shades of grey may also be added with varying dilutions of black ink.
A white surface may also be used, allowing the artist to add ink or color where desired and then scratching.
by Lorna Hannett, MSA
The textures and contours of the rose petals are created by scratching away the black. Lighter sections are achieved by more scratching in select areas. After the scratching is completed, color is added. After the color dries, additional scratching creates highlights. Color can be added to the highlights, and so on, until the piece is complete.