Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Scratch Board Animals



Art Start April 2017

Art Start students made these fantastic scratch board animals. First they sketched an animal on paper, using photo reference if desired. Then they transferred the sketch to the scratch board by scribbling on the back of the paper, placing it scribble side down over the scratch board, and retracing the lines. Next came scratching, or etching, with sharp metal tools. We're used to making dark marks on white paper, but this technique is the opposite because the scratched lines show a white surface beneath the black coating. It's tricky to think in reverse! People who were done early made a rainbow scratch board by coloring on cardboard with oil pastels, then painting over that with tempera. Scratching through the tempera shows the rainbow colors beneath.