Tracy Anderson talks about her upcoming scratchboard class

February 12, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Hi, I'm Tracy Anderson. I'm going to be doing an Into to Scratchboard Art class at the Bonifas Arts Center on Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

I'm here to tell you a little bit about scratchboard. Scratchboard is a white clay board that has had black ink applied. This is a piece of scratchboard right here.

What you do is take any abrasive tool — I prefer to use an xacto knife — and you scratch the black away to reveal the white underneath. It's a very fine detailed process. Very meticulous. I have seen some artists have a more looser approach to it. A lot of times they do a lot of illustration with it, commercial art. I love it for the high detail you are able to achieve. I feel you can achieve more detail with this than a graphite pencil.

You can also go in and add color. In this one here, I scratched out the eyes and I went in and added ink washes to add color to it.

You can get a really highly detailed, high contrast between light and darks. It's a wonderful material to work with. It's very versatile.

A lot of people think that you can't fix mistakes, that it's very unforgiving. That's not true. You can go over it. You can fix mistakes, add value, add tones. You want to keep a light hand to it. If you gouge too deep, you won't be able to fix that.

So, I hope to see you on Feb. 22. It's a Wednesday at the Bonifas Arts Center and we can explore the medium of scratchboard and will show a lot of the tools and and techniques that I use.


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