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The Art of Scratchboard | Rikki Fisher

The Art of Scratchboard | Rikki Fisher

What is Scratchboard

Scratchboard is a clay coated hardboard panel that is then coated with Indian ink. Using various sharp tools to scratch into the ink layer, the clay underneath shows through. For added dimension, colored inks can be added to the white clay areas revealed and then scratched again for additional highlights and volume

Scratchboard originated in the 19th century in Britain and France and became a popular medium for reproduction. It was often used in single-color book and newspaper printing. There has been a resurgence of this technique in recent years but with a modern twist.

What will I learn?

Day 1
Scratchboard tools and the marks they make
Rikki will present a short introduction into scratchboard with visuals, showing a variety of examples of styles and tools that can be used.
Participants will start by creating a test sheet to explore various scratch tools and how to make textures.
Once completed a small study will be scratched using one or more of the tools (bring a small item such as a leaf, feather or seedpod) or use one of the items Rikki brings along.

Day 2
A portrait study of an animal
Participants will start a 5x7 scratchboard piece of an animal. For those new to scratchboard an image will be supplied and they will get a step-by-step demonstration on how to proceed.
The goal will be to complete the first layer of scratching in the morning and working on layering with diluted ink in the afternoon.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Everyone, from beginners to advanced, is welcome.
Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

What do I need to bring?

• Cotton gloves (stocked at Coles)
• Old hand towel
• Note pad, biro, sticky tape, ruler, scissors
• Clutch pencil that fits a 2mm lead (to be used with fiberglass brush)
• Watercolor brush (to apply a wash of ink on your board)
• Small watercolor palette
• Small object to render – such as seed pod, feather, leaf, fork
• Lunch

What is provided?

• a scratchboard essential tool kit (valued at $30), which includes:
2 scratchboards
a fine Black Pitt pen
tattoo needles
a micro fiberglass brush
Xacto knife
transfer carbon
photo reference

• tea, coffee and biscuits (you might like to bring your own cup)
• a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.