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Old 03-24-2009, 11:48 AM
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Making a scratchboard??

Does anyone have any links of could describe what materials would be used in making a scratchboard?

I have been quite inspired by some of the work on this board and would like to give it a go myself. but I am fairly sure there is no art supply stores in my area which sell these.

I have most raw art materials available as I make almost everything I use in my art practice. and i am sure i must have the things around which i could make a decent scratch board.

I guess the thing I really would like to know is about the clay layer and perhaps. is there anything different about the ink layer aside from just a straight cover of black ink.

thx in advace.

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Old 03-24-2009, 12:51 PM
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

Someone gave me this recipe a long time ago, but I have yet to try it.

Scratchboard Recipe


PVA...White craft glue.

Whiting... Whiting is a white powder used as a filler in woodworking. It is mined like chalk and ground to a fine white powder, or you could probably use plaster instead. (You can differ from the original recipe and use Porcelain or Kaolin Clay).

White Paint...Water based paint.

Mix 2 parts PVA, 2 parts Whiting, and 1 part White Paint. Paint thicklywith a broad brush on a piece of masonite (keep board flat). Make 4 to 6 coats letting it dry between coats. The glue prevents the penetration of the inks; the whiting gives body; and the paint makes it white. If you experiment you will find the combination that suits you. Sand it smooth and add inks or any medium you choose to work with.

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Re: Making a scratchboard??

I have the same recipe, I have yet to try as well!! thank god for Ampersand!
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:27 PM
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

Oh, this is a really, really interesting theme for me too!!!
I am thinking about that too, because here in Germany there is no chance to
get clay-based scratchboard.
One of my ideas are, to find clay-plates with a smooth white surface. And to
make it black, spray it with an airbrush pistol filled with ink... Don't know
if it would work, but if I trie it someday, I will report.
And the recipe sounds interesting!
Greetings, Iris
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:49 PM
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Write to Ampersand and they just might send you samples.
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

I have tried the PVA concoction, it was hard to apply and get smooth or sand. I ended up with 'stucco' boards. Very hard to scratch.

To make scratchboard I cut some masonite/hardboard, lightly sand them then paint some acrylic gesso on them, let it dry, sand it, repeat 2 or more times. Then I spray black ink on it. Or any colour of thinned acrylic paint. For one piece I sprayed light blue on the upper half and darker blue on the lower half and scratched a polar bear diving. He's in the first link on my signature.

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Old 03-26-2009, 01:40 AM
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Very cool David! took a look at the polar bear NICE!
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:34 PM
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

Hi thx for the reply s.

I made a first attempt following the recipe given above. it seemed to work ok and now i know a few things which would make it better.

for instance. its important to get a very evenly applied top coat. I messed up my first one applying the black ink. and I could probably do with making it quite a bit thicker. so next one should be better.


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Re: Making a scratchboard??

On the Gorilla picture (on my ArtistPortfolio page in my signature) I brushed the ink on, it pooled up and it was hard to scratch through. Even if you use acrylic in a spray can you can get an even coating. Just turn the board around 180 degrees, 1/2 turn, and spray again to get all the nooks filled. Ink you can spray on as needed, acrylic has to go on thin or it will be too thick.

It's not as professional looking as Claybord but the gesso/ink method is quick enough for a one-off. And you can customize it. Different sizes, different colours.

The local Michael's had scratchboard when they opened but now they don't seem to carry it. So I made my own.

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Re: Making a scratchboard??

It might almost be easier for you to mail order them in from Dick Blick. As I also live in an area where quality art supplies are hard to come by, I've found that ordering it is a whole lot easier. Their shipping is a little high, but their prices are otherwise pretty good. Here's a link to their page on Ampersand scratchboard. Just a suggestion.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/am...d-scratchbord/

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I am about to try this recipe from Diana Lee with Kaolin Clay. I had a hard time finding bulk quantities of clay and found the product Surround WP a treatment for plants against pests. It is made 95% out of Kaolin Clay and 5% other which are binders (SURROUND® is a clay based product that when applied to the surfaces of leaves and fruits has a number of beneficial effects. This product was co-developed by Dr. Mike Glenn, Dr. Gary Puterka and also Englehard Corp in 1996 (presently BASF, Research Triangle Park, NC). The product is made from kaolin clay, which is heated & mixed with adhesion and spreading compounds. It is mixed with water and applied using traditional sprayers. Upon drying, it leaves a fine white film) I decided for this product because 25lb bags are around $30-50 and used for green gardening. Hope the recipe will work.
I am currently working on art that needs to have a bigger surface then the standard sizes and I use a lot of water with my acrylics. Scratchboard is the best surface for my work.
I wanted to tank you for this post it helped me a lot.
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

Good luck! Let us know how it works (and post an image of your art if you get the chance).

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Re: Making a scratchboard??

What a great thread. I love my Ampersand boards , but may try the quick gesso , and acrylic method just for experimenting. Would be very interested to find out how all different methods work for you. Doesn't Dick Blick ship to other countries.?
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Re: Making a scratchboard??

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...hreadid=566973
Hope this link works (since I am new to posting... smile). I posted my last piece on the "Open Critique"
Please feel free to comment. Will post back after I made the scratchboard and received the clay.

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Kaolin can be had @ Amazon for not too much...
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