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07-26-2005, 01:43 PM
as my camera is crappy and terrible(:mad:grrrr...)
and you probably can't tell very easily from the pictures
these are gold 5x7" scratchboards
with metallic blue mattes.
1. hyena
2. wayward
3. eyes
c&c's always appreciated.

Mary Woodul
07-26-2005, 03:33 PM
These are fascinating drawings. Can you tell us a little about your technique? I know you say they are scratchboards, but I didn't know they came in gold or did you prepare them with gold leaf or some other way. They are all good but I love the design in Wayward.

07-26-2005, 04:19 PM
oh, there's a world of scratchboards!
gold, silver, rainbow, sparkles...
there's a link to the gold scratchboard.
( http://www.dickblick.com/categories/scratchboardart/
the others mentioned are all there too)
that's not where i got mine but it's the same dealy.
as for my technique...
i had to work with a single tool so any technique i had
had to come from the wrist;)
in the hyena one i pretty much just did short, hairlike strokes based on the form itself.
same in the wayward's hair.
in all of them though
(especially 'eyes')
i just did what i could with my monotone tool
switching between the very tip and the broadest of the edge
and everywhere in between:)

07-26-2005, 05:12 PM
I like the hyena the best, of course I am a wildlife scratcher myself. Nice job!!


Mary Woodul
07-26-2005, 06:02 PM
Thank you for sharing your work and your technique with us. I did not know there was such a selection, they don't have them here in Mexico. They look awesome on gold.

07-27-2005, 07:22 AM
Lovely work. I have seen some scratchings done on the silver boards, which were nice, but I think I prefer the gold version

07-27-2005, 08:27 AM
I've never seen the gold used before. I like the warmth that it gives. Is it gold all the way through the surface like the white or is it possible to scratch past the gold?

07-27-2005, 11:01 AM
These are very fascinating, and the gold is very rich looking -- such a lovely effect. We can't get Scratchboard or any form of Claybord in Australia either. DRAT :evil:
Great work :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

07-27-2005, 11:19 AM
You can always make your own scratchboard. It's simply rabbit glue, chalk and pigment on masonite and sprayed over with flat black. A friend of mine has the recipe somewhere, if you are interested, I can ask him. When I told him I was using it, he told me he use to make his own.

07-27-2005, 11:25 AM
Penny, that sounds really interesting, and I would love the recipe if you don't mind please. I'm not sure what rabbit glue is though -- I'm not familiar with that name at all -- maybe we have it by another name.
Can any type of wood boards be used, or does it have to be masonite? Just wondering, as I have heaps of other boards here, but they are all thinner than masonite.

Thanks heaps.
Val. :wave:

07-27-2005, 12:08 PM
i've never heard of rabbit glue either actually... lol.
and that's terrible that scratchboards aren't everywhere!
if i win the lottery i'm sending a wide assortment to all you lovely people.;)

penny - i too like the warmth of the gold.
it makes me feel, as i'm scratching away the ink,
as if i'm drawing with fire.
(which just tickles the pyromaniac in me:D)
it is possible to scratch through the gold to the white.
the gold is just a layer of (very thin) foil between the ink and the paper board.
i've learned that the hard way unfortunately:(

val - the gold is even richer in person.
it's less yellow, like depicted here.
i think the links i gave earlier have a better rendition but
i really think that because it's shiny
it's one of those things you just have to see in person.
it's more an earthy brownish... realistic gold.
quite beautiful.

a further note...
there's also a type of scratchboard available
that isnt a board at all.
essentially it's an inked sheet of plastic.
it was the first kind of scratchy thing i ever got to play with.
there's two nice things about it:
1. you can't scratch to hard and go through to any white and
2. when you're done with your masterpiece,
you can hang it in a window...and it's basically a suncatcher.
theres a direct link to such things.

thank you all for our compliments, by the way:)

07-27-2005, 12:50 PM
I would imagine that any type of boards could be used.

Rabbit skin glue is... surpise, glue made of a rabbit hide. It's one of the oldest mediums and should be available everywhere.

I will look into the recipe. I think it would be a benifit to pigment the entire surface unless you are very careful and use the white under the pre-made board to your advantage.

You can also use ink dies to color scratchboard and Ampersand makes scratchboard paints for them.

There are also metal sheets such as copper that are coated to be able to scratch off and easy enough to make yourself. The metal sheets are also malable so you can make them 3-D along with scratching techniques.

Off to make a phone call for the recipe, wish me luck.

Mary Woodul
07-27-2005, 12:51 PM
Thank you for the link. Scratchboards have always intrigued me and I have no idea what they look like in real life.

Val, I get rabbit skin granules here at a hardware store and soak them, I have the recipe for that. It turns into a gel that you heat and is used for pasting. It is used by a lot of artists to restore old torn paintings.

Penny, if you have the recipe, I would love it also. :D