Scratchboard

 

Scratchboard is one of my favourite mediums!  I start with a solid black panel and scratch the surface with knives and other tools to expose the white clay beneath the black ink.  Every mark is created by hand; different tools and pressure exerted on the tools create a variety of marks.  As I’m scratching I pay close attention to variations in tone and value.  Sometimes I add coloured inks but I love the clean look of black and white.  Depending on the complexity and size of the piece, hundreds of hours can be spent on one piece of art.

Tree Swallow
Song of the Sparrow SOLD
The Dewdrop SOLD 16.5 x 18.5
The Moth SOLD
Mr. Squirrel to You! Framed 16.5 x 16.5
Must Keep Clean & Pretty! Framed 16.5 x 16.5
Look at Me! Framed 16.5 x 16.5
Morning Coffee SOLD
Watchful eye SOLD
Cheeky Chipmunk SOLD
Cuddling Lemurs SOLD
Motherly Love SOLD
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