Hi Sherry...Thank you!
I order my scratchboards from Blick's in sizes right up to and including 3ftX2ft...I had a terrible time trying find them in ANY size in Canada. Michael's carried some but never consistently and never bigger than 11X14.
I will order the large sizes and cut them down to the sizes I want...it's more cost effective. That's why I sometimes have small scraps to work on like the baby feet and the seahorse.
I just picked up the mail and there was another box from Blick's.
Got one more order on the way...frames. You shouldn't have any trouble with delivery there in the US. I found that Blick's was cheaper for scratchboard than Jerry's or maybe I just hit a good deal...right now I have lots to play with in all sizes.
Diana...I checked out Daniel Smith for those Speedball nibs...I haven't tried them but I did try other types of nib and didn't like them. Can I see a picture of what you use, specifically??
My DH brought me home a scalpel from the paramedics in his firehall to try out and I loved it. I order them from a medical supply place. Once the tip is gone for the fine scratching I use them for scratching over scratching (if you know what I mean) and then I use them for other things because the blade is so sharp for cutting up stuff even after the tip is gone.
This is what they look like...you can see in the 2nd pic how fine they are and that tip is soooo sharp. These are disposable...I have the ones like the MicroMark place had but don't like them as well.
Tania...thank you! That was an interesting article... I agree we should all slow down and perhaps scratching does qualify.
Thank you Karen