BIRDS IN SCRATCHBOARD & OTHER MEDIUMS:
BIRDS IN SCRATCHBOARD:
My latest scratchboard is of an uncommon local Raptor bird known as a Pacific Baza, the artwork can be seen on the 1st Floor of the Perc Tucker Gallery as part of the Townsville Art Society's 60th Annual Art Awards/exhibition.
For folks unfamiliar with this medium please visit articles pertaining to scratchboard.
Scratchboard /Black clayboard is where you scratch through a fine covering layer of Black India Ink sprayed over white Kaolin clay supported on a hardwood base with very sharp tools such as a pin, needle, blade, etc to remove the black ink..
This work is not a painting, it would be far easier if it was!!!.....(although it has been painted throughout the scratchboard process using watercolours with a very fine brush between layers of scratching.) The work is rendered using fine blades/needles plus some abrasive tools to remove ink from the background. Using watercolour on this sleek clay surface is very difficult to achieve.