View Full Version : Scratchboard- an experiment w/ steel wool

03-09-2005, 10:19 PM
I decided to try something different with this scratchboard. I had heard of using steel wool, but never done it. I liked the effect for fluffy look, but didn't know how to combine it with traditional scratch work and still have it look good (regular lines with exacto look too course). I might have to try Bob's pin for that. I also couldn't figure out any way to be very precise with the steel wool... but it is a lot faster too.

Anyways...an interesting experement and I will try and find a way to merge it with my more traditional scratch work in the future for certain effects.

8 x 10 of my dog, Madisyn, just for this experement. Aprox 3 hours of work. 95% is steel wool, only eyes, whiskers and part of nose are with exacto.

All C&C welcome and appreciated.


Detail from the side of the face just to the right of the eye on the right side of the pic. This area is all steel wool.

Mary Woodul
03-09-2005, 10:59 PM
OMG Cathy, this is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic pieces I have seen. I have always been curious about scratchboard. I have never seen one down here. I can't get over the transparency of the tip of the hair. Beautiful work and thank you for sharing this with us. I hope to see more of your work and I love your awesome photographs.

03-09-2005, 11:57 PM
Thanks for your comments Mary. I am glad you like it! Also always nice to know that my photos are appreciated :)

Here is the ref photo, which I am sure you will enjoy as well. It is one of my favorite photos of Maddie (and I have a LOT)!


03-10-2005, 07:17 AM
Oh! Wow Cathy this is just a wonderful piece. The steel wool worked perfectly for the hair.
Absolutely gorgeous :clap: :clap: :wave:

03-10-2005, 08:58 AM
great reproduction of your photo. I too am amazed at what you can do with scratch board. I love the highlights and the way you have brought out the rim lighting its a wonderful piece.

03-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Lovely fur friend you have there! I haven't used steel wool yet, I'm glad you posted this.

Looking at how you are using it and it's effects I came up with an idea. In welding stores & automotive stores they have metal bristle toothbrushes and other types of metal brushes used for parts cleaning and metal prep. Some of them would work very nicely for scratchboard and you could still keep control with it.