The latest Art Portfolio exhibition runs daily 10-5 from Tuesday 13 July until Wednesday 28 March at the Richard Crowie Hall, in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. This is an exhibition of invited artists' work and I will be showing 8 of my original black and white images plus some prints in the portfolio section. Here is a selection: take a look!
Scratchboard is a 2-dimensional subtractive art form. Sharp tools are used to remove, or “scratch”, through a layer of ink revealing a white layer underneath. The majority of the values within the artwork are achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been removed. The most common form of scratchboard consists of a hardboard support covered with white clay and coated with black India ink.
Artworks may be left black & white, or the exposed clay areas can be colored. A variety of transparent mediums may be used for color, though the underlying scratches should always remain visible. White clay coated boards can also be covered with other colored media, and then scratched.
Many artists use sharp tools, such as scalpel blades, to scratch away the ink, creating work with exceptional detail and realism. Other abrasive implements may also be used to create a variety of effects. This unique process has attracted artists for its control in rendering intricate subject matter, while remaining highly versatile to those exploring folk art, abstract work, and many other artistic styles.
A useful little article on the technique from the International Society of Scratchboard Artists - click here to view.
I started my 'journey' with Scraperboard or Scratchboard Art in 1968. Since then I have been working exclusively in this medium.