View Full Version : Colored Pencil on scratchboard question

04-10-2011, 12:56 AM
As the title states... I would like to use some colored pencils on scratchboard and I was considering Lyra polychromos oil based pencils...Is this doable or would it not work on scratchboard? I figured the oil based ones could work since they go on smooth and wouldn't dig into the surface like prismacolor pencils can. Any suggestions? WHat have you all used if you've tried it?

04-10-2011, 01:46 AM
Having never used color pencils on a scratchboard, I can't offer much advice, but I don't know why they wouldn't work. I do know Diana Lee has used prisma's on some of her boards. Best bet is to used one board as scrap for testing things out on and try your pencils on it, before using them on a good board.

04-10-2011, 04:16 AM
I have used coloured pencils quite a few times and the Inktense watercolour ones work very well. I did try my normal oil based derwents but they didn't work. They soak straight in to the board. But the inktense are fine. They hold their colour very well. I usually blend them on watercolour paper and apply with a wet brush. Hope this helps.

04-10-2011, 05:46 AM
This is interesting - I hadn't thought of using pencils before...

04-10-2011, 06:39 AM
Reference is Julio C. Zun on Flickr.

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Here's one of mine using inktense pencils.

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Harry Seymour
04-10-2011, 08:48 AM
I don't see why it wouldn't work. The best way to know is to try it. Lesley, that is beautiful.

04-10-2011, 09:00 AM
If you try it on a sacrificial board, I would also suggest you go all the way and varnish your test board because it may look great, but then bleed colour into the surrounding areas because of the varnish. It's just a thought because varnish is usually oil based and if the pencils are oil based too, you may do a lot of work thinking "gee, this is going good" only to mess it up once you protect your work with varnish. It may not happen too but best be sure. :)

Diana Lee
04-10-2011, 11:59 AM
Here is a piece I did with oil based pencils. This was done on a white claybord. The black was made with layers of Black and Indigo Blue. I found the oil based pencils work about the same as Prisma color pencils. Two tips I have found work for me...
Keep your pencils sharp!
Cross hatch or feather so the pencils have something to grip onto.
Work in layers.
If it gets to waxy, mask the board and spray with a matte workable fixative.



And here is a piece I did with Prisma color pencils.


04-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Patrick-that's a very good point about the varnish not working, I'll definitely test it first... I think I will buy a pencil or two from the open stock from the Lyra and some from the faber castell oil based pencils and test them. I think i will also get a set of the inktense that artofnature suggested too :)

04-10-2011, 06:21 PM
Please post your findings..

04-10-2011, 07:24 PM
I use color pencil on just about every color work I do. Prismacolor and Derwent watercolor pencils. I have no adverse issues.

edit: "caused by the pencils anyway!"

04-11-2011, 04:16 PM
I have used Lyra, FaberCastell and Prisma and all work well, but I only used them mixed media, not exclusively. Inktense I use a lot, dampen the board, dry pencil, then blend, wet the pencil, etc. Everything works!