What is scratchboard?

Scratchboard (scraperboard) is a unique, subtractive medium with a cardboard or panel base that is covered in a thin, even layer of white kaolin clay. This white clay surface is then sprayed with a layer of black ink that can be scratched into to produce dramatic, incredibly detailed artworks.

Colour can also be added wherever the black ink has been scratched away by applying washes of watercolour, acrylic or India inks.

Scratchboard was initially largely used in commercial art, where reproductions could be easily reduced while retaining detailed, quality images. 

Linda's scratchboard works are all produced on archival quality panels and sealed with U.V resistant, archival varnish to maximise long - term integrity of the artwork.  

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