Scratchboard

Learn techniques from professional artists, follow tutorials, videos, and more.

Sally Maxwell has been working with scratchboard for over fifty-three years and has helped to define it as a fine art medium. Finding inspiration in animals and her own colorful garden; each piece is a snapshot of the intensity that nature can possess in its quiet moments.

RISD Adjunct Professor Clara Lieu and Art Prof Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang demonstrate and explain all of the art supplies and drawing techniques you need to create a detailed scratchboard drawing from beginning to end.

A quick video of Richey Beckett's pen and ink and scratchboard technique on Claybord.

Jane Hunt, oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Sealing and varnishing finished artwork on Ampersand panels is extremely important especially when framing without glass. See our list of suggestions for sealing and varnishing popular mediums using products we have successfully tested on our panels.

Watch the Scratchbord video to learn why it is the professional's choice for scratchboard.

Gordon Corrins' incredible wildlife artwork depict portraits of a wide range of animals, but his dynamic style and strong contrast of light and shadow is what brings them to life.

Originally developed as an alternative to scratchboard paper, it is the surface of choice for most professional scratchboard artists today. Learn what makes Ampersand Scratchbord considerably more durable and easier to scratch into than traditional paper-based scratchboards.

Follow along with Sally Maxwell's step-by-step instructions to create a finished 5x7 Scratchbord.

Texas artist, Sally Maxwell, is known for her exquisite scratchboard drawings. Her enthusiasm for the medium led her to develop techniques for using color with scratchboard over fifty years ago.

Artwork by Charles Ewing

Claybord can be coated with inks and used like a traditional scratchboard. The advantage to using Claybord as a scratchboard is that you can control the tonal variations unlike using a traditional black scratchboard. Try this exercise and see how easy it is to do.