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Group Description

Upon the release of the Scratch Art book at, we are making this group available for those artists who have made scratchart in the past or who have current scratchart pieces they would like to have shown in this gallery format. Please not that only scratchart will be allowed in this group.
Scratchboard is a unique artistic medium that allows the artist
to think and work in reverse, creating white lines and effects on a
black surface as compared with pen and ink, which produces a black
line on white paper. Because of this positive/negative reversal, it
is easy to create interesting graphic effects that would normally be
difficult or nearly impossible to achieve using traditional drawing
methods. Some of us may remember creating rough homemade
scratchboards in grade school using crayon and India ink; nowadays,
high-quality fine-art-grade scratchboards are available, made on
ultra-smooth masonite. They are used by commercial and fine artists
for all kinds of applications.

Some artists have a hard time finding the masonite boards, and have
instead worked on flexible paper scratchboards. These are far less
satisfying to work with than the masonite boards, and much less
receptive to the tools. Other artists have made their own boards
using a variety of materials. An Italian artist, Bianco Walter, made
his from cast plaster and India ink. Every material has its own
properties and potentials.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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