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Welcome to the dark side

Try something different with Jenny Dalleywater as she discusses the materials and techniques used for scratchboard

Scratchboard

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

First steps with scratchboard

Understand the tools needed

Hints on techniques

Iconfess – I’m a self-taught scratcher. I know that sounds a bit odd, but let me explain. I am a scratchboard artist and a bit of a detail freak. Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving and it’s like working in negative.

Scratchboard certainly has more recognition in the United States and Australia than in the UK. It is a similar concept to the scraperboard you did at school, but this is scraperboard all grown up and the quality of the boards allows for some phenomenal work. Although I also work in pastel, coloured pencil, graphite pencil and charcoal, I always seem to keep coming back to scratchboard.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter, packed with practical tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated techniques - all designed to help the beginner and amateur to draw and paint successfully. There's something for everyone, from how to paint spring flowers, landscapes, boats and animals in watercolour to tutorials using coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, oils, pastels, acrylics and tinted charcoal. Learn how to manipulate photographs on a computer to help you compose a better picture, take your first steps with scratchboard, and discover how to gather reference material from nature. There's a look at the joys of taking part in outdoor painting competitions, even if you are a beginner, and David Bellamy introduces part two of our sketchbook challenge. There is also a host of information about art events and exhibitions, art club activities and reviews of practical art books, as well as news, special offers, competitions, holidays and workshops to enjoy.