Most supplies included, a complete supply list will be available upon enrollment or request
Scratchboard is a drawing medium that is uniquely well suited to also accept paint mediums. The workshop will focus on combining scratchboard with watercolor. Using the pre-inked black board, which is a hardboard substrate, the drawing is accomplished by scoring or ‘scratching’ the surface with a sharp metal tool, removing the dried ink surface. Below the ink is an underlying coat of absorbent kaolin clay. The clay undersurface is well suited to absorb water-based media such as ink, acrylic, as well as watercolor. The instructor has also used traditional oil paint, with satisfying results.
Different tools render different effects. A fine point can create a look similar to an etching, while a broad point enables more of a woodcut-type effect. However, scratchboard is not a printmaking medium, but provides a one-of-a-kind piece. It’s a medium that encourages experimentation, and can be used stylistically from tight realism to looser expressionism, or non-representational work.
Please bring a photocopy of a photo or drawing of your choice. If working from a photo or drawing, please bring the originals as reference. The workshop will cover the process of transferring the photocopy to the board, drawing techniques (including drawing from life), through the application of watercolor and a final coat of varnish.