Scratchboard is a piece of cardboard similar to poster board that has been coated on one side with a layer of hard white chalk. The artist paints, rolls, or sprays black ink onto the surface. After the ink dries, the artist scratches through the ink with a sharp stylus or knife, creating white marks or lines by exposing the chalk underneath.
You can buy premade scratch boards to work with or make them yourself. JoAnn’s, here in Alaska, carry holographic scratch art kits with a tool to use. Ed is a local scratch artist who was invited by one of our residents to come share this art form with us. He has been doing this form of art for two years, and has been awarded grand champion awards for his artwork. He works in both color and black and white.
We plan on getting some supplies for our residents to give this art form a try. They all seemed excited, and Ed encouraged them to try it – he even brought along some materials for them to experiment a bit.
Expressing yourself through art is a very personal experience and can be shown through painting, scratch art, crafting, quilting, sculpting and many other art forms.
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