Day: May 29, 2012

Scratch art bugs

For our last home-school art class of the spring students explored using a stencil design along with scratch art paper.

Scratch art is a unique art form using scratchboard. Scratchboard is a wooden panel coated with a layer of white clay and then sprayed with a layer of black India ink. It was developed for the professional scratch artist.

The original design is lightly scratched into the black ink surface using very delicate tools, concentrating on lights and darks until the desired effect is achieved. Each image is literally thousands of scratches allowing for precise detail and control of lines, enabling the artist to bring the piece to life. The picture can then be painted with acrylics or watercolors, etc., or left as a black and white.

Scratch art paper that we use is commercially made in many different colors and patterns, and students only need use a wooden stylus to create their etched image.

With the addition of a stencil design students have a design or pattern to use as an aid in removing the black from the paper and revealing the multiple colors underneath.

Lots of creative exploration and fun was enjoyed by everyone!