What is scratchboard?

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What is scratchboard?

The material's name is Scratchbord black. It is in fact about a masonite covered with clay to which an India ink coat (black) was uniformly applied. The principle is very simple, it is simply necessary to take a sharp object (ex: blade of x-acto, steel brush, needles...) and to scratch the surface by lines and points. The clay appears as a white line and allows to make very precise details. What is needed it is especially a lot of patience and accuracy. Then, color can be added with different sources (acrylic ink, colored pencils, aquarel...)