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04-16-2011, 05:21 PM
Just playing on some scratchboard for two hours or so, thought it might be fun to do a panda since they're already black and white :P

Ive just been doing scratchboard for a few days and I'm using an old exacto knife,... are there specific tools one can buy for this? What is the ideal tool?

Comments and critiques are always appreciated!



04-16-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh very nice. Tons of tools out there ck out the threads.

04-16-2011, 08:00 PM
Nice work on the panda, very nice work!!

Here are some great theads about tools
This one is a collection of all sorts of tool threads which is a sticky on the main forum page

Two more specific threads on tools contained in that sticky

04-16-2011, 08:47 PM
Very nice...whatever works is a tool.

04-16-2011, 08:51 PM
Ideal tool......hmmmmmmmmmmmm there are so many possibilities. Everything from a surgeons scalpel to a fingernail file. You can get kits in the art supply stores that have some handy tools but for the most part I use the exacto blades also blades from a mat cutter. So many different things, here are the tools I use most often.


04-16-2011, 10:45 PM
Nice work Scott. The ideal tool is the one that you can use the best. We all have our favorite tools and what I might like, you may not. I think that it is very important for a beginner to scratch lightly, trying to avoid scratching into the clay. If you learn to scratch light, you will find that it will be much easier to make corrections and changed to your work. It is also much easier to scratch lightly if you use only sharp tools. Take the time to learn your tools and what you can do with each of them by practicing on a scrap board. Hope this helps a little.

I haven't posted my tools in a long time. The first photo shows the tools that I use for scratching normal ink boards and the second photo shows the tools I use mostly for doing graphite on whiteboard.

Left to right, speedball tip, speedball tip, small fiberglass brush, x-acto with #11 blade, tungsten carbide tool, tungsten tool, #11 scapel, and a micron liner pen.

Left to right, speedball tip, speedball tip, small fiberglass brush, small pastel blender, tortillon, Faber-Castell eraser, my home made tungsten tool, 11# scalpel, and a #8 graphite pencil.

04-17-2011, 04:22 AM
For someone who's only been playing for a few days, you certainly seem to have the hang of things! Great job...I love the crop too, makes for a great composition.
I agree wholeheartedly with Mark (right above)...whatever tool you use, make sure it's sharp and scratch lightly...don't dig into the clay if you can help it. it will make things easier in the long run.

04-17-2011, 03:23 PM
Thanks for all the help everybody! :)

I have to say I have no idea how some of the tools pictured (especially the ones that look like brushes and nail files) could be used! Gonna do some experimenting soon :)


04-17-2011, 03:46 PM
I used the nail file and the fiberglass brush to do the branch on this one. They are very handy tools.