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Old 11-28-2015, 03:54 PM
SCAult SCAult is offline
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Hitchin' a Ride

My first attempt at scratchboard, I think I chose a subject a little above my abilities -- the water and a clear light gray background did not lend themselves to scratching, so I tried sandpaper and generally made a mess of things. Then, I tried coloring with Liquitex inks, and that didn't help much, so I consider this my "practice run". My next scratchboard work will keep the black background and focus on the foreground subject instead. Any suggestions for dealing with a lighter background are certainly welcome!
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:06 AM
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Re: Hitchin' a Ride

I think it turned out quite well for a first board and such an ambitious project! Keep on going!
I am also still learning with every board I scratch, experimenting and "mistakes".. all a process. I struggled a lot trying to scratch water ripples and recently with a lighter background. Guess using a brush for the background takes a lot of practice if you want to achieve an even colouring, and airbrushing could be a solution (want to try that someday myself).
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:35 PM
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Re: Hitchin' a Ride

Great first attempt!
For boards with lighter backgrounds, I use clayboards and airbrush or paint with multiple layers of watered down inks. Building up, scratching, and building up until I get the texture I want. With clayboard, you always have to "over ink" so that you have something to scratch away. Hope that helps.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:56 AM
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Re: Hitchin' a Ride

Very nice beginning work! You might find more to help by looking back in the forum to see how others have given WIP that give you more options.
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