Monday, November 12, 2012

#2 Starting to get dirty......

This blog has now morphed into  a book "Musings of a Scratchboard Newbie" available through me or on Etsy Scratchboard Book

Chapter 2: (Excerpt)

Scratchboard has to be one of the dirtiest arts there is.  You will turn black, your clothes will turn black, anything in the vicinity of your work will also turn black (including your couch and carpet)........It is not for the faint of heart.  However, the best thing going for it, it is washable.  Clothes will come clean again, your hands will wash off with water.  Just don't touch your face while working on it then answer the door.

Why would I get so black, you ask.  Well let me tell you a little about what you will be working with......

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

#1 Musings......

This blog has now morphed into  a book "Musings of a Scratchboard Newbie" available through me or on Etsy   Scratchboard Book

Chapter 1: (excerpt)

Less than one year ago, I tried my hand at scratchboard. 

Before that I always worked with acrylics and loved them (still do).  You can see how I progressed with these paintings over the past few years at  I went from ordinary to pretty damn good, lolol (my opinion, of course).....

Why did I switch to scratchboard?

Honestly, I wanted to try something different.  Scratchboard always intrigued me, how did they get from a blank board to almost photographic images?  I wanted to try and see how I could do compared to others.

My first scratch was Mustang Baby (Baby's First Winter, Moonlit, depending on what time of year it is, lol.  Can't ever think of a good title.)  You can see it on my scratchart blog,  It was pretty good, I think, for a first one.  I got the boards online as we do not have them where I live and I also got some inks and the tools.  I found the tools were woefully inadequate with too much gouging, not the finesse I wanted.  But the end result was good.

Over the following weeks and months I have learned so much.  I hope to help others through their trials and tribulations with scratchboard with this blog.  I hope you will follow!