I've been asked for works in progress for many of the pictures I post. Scratchboard can be quite a journey from beginning to end and even more so when you add color to it. I don't always remember to stop in the middle and snap pictures but on the most recent picture I actually uploaded WIPs to my facebook page as I completed it. So here's a basic rundown of start to finish. If you haven't seen the finished piece check it out here for a bigger view
I have never done this but have always been SUPER curious about it- what exactly is the process? Scratch, ink, scratch...but how, on he ear for example, do you get white fur where you have scratched most of it away? ink again? I am definitely a prismacolor kinda gal so im not sure.
I still don't understand how it's made oO
Awesome to see the stages! You use ink to colour scratchboard right? Do you think it would be possible to use watercolours to colour or are they too thin?
A lot of people use watercolors or inktense watercolor pencils. I think watercolors leave too much of a sheen on the board and the color isn't as vibrant. Inks are tough to get used to but if you water them down - A LOT - and layer while you scratch you can build up really nice color.
I see, are you able to build layers at all with watercolours? I did used to have a few inks but they've all gone now debating whether to buy a couple or not - obviously I'm no scratchboard artist but I had some scratchboard from a while back and you inspired me to start a new one
I'm not sure about layering with watercolors - I've never tried it. I would worry about build up of pigment and binders - the inks don't change the surface at all so you can keep scratching once the board dries. With the ink you can water them down like crazy and still layer them to vibrant color without any build up on the surface of the board. But if you're just getting back to scratchboard - give yourself at least one practice piece that's just black and white. If you decide to try ink - buy the Ampersand ink set - it's already diluted quite a bit - it's cheap and it contains all the colors you'll need to mix every color of the rainbow. It's important that your ink is pigment based and not dye based or else it will fade over time.
Try using the ink you have and the watercolors you have on a practice board and see what you're most comfortable with. That will really be the answer to your question - everyone makes magic with different tools!
Cool I'll give it a try on a board, don't want to ruin what I've been working on if it turns out it doesn't work heh! Thanks for the advice.
Your work is beautiful btw - I love Resolute I think it's my favorite. Your painting style is very meticulous and I think you would make the transition to scratchboard very easily.
Thanks for saying so. I think my style is due to me being more into drawing and fine mark-making for along time before I moved into painting. I've also done some drypoints back when I was in college which is a little similar in method to scratchboard and enjoyed that a lot.
Thanks, I really appreciate seeing these! Color is pretty difficult for me.
It takes a lot of practice, inks are difficult to use plus with scratchboard you are working dark to light and most other mediums you work light to dark. Notice on the ear I have to completely scratch it out then work the pink up before I scratch in the white hairs on top. You have to really plan out your colors carefully and do them in the right order
great to see the process in work
great to see the process in work
Funny thing, none of these steps look incomplete. They're just different.
I love to see the individual steps