Different Scratch Art Techniques You Can Try

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Scratch-art techniques are different than traditionally created fine art, and many people are now interested in using these techniques to create beautiful pieces of artwork. Unlike traditional fine art, there is no need for a significant degree of skill or training to create great scratch designs. There are several websites on the internet that feature scratch artists who showcase their skills, and these websites provide a wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in trying their hand at scratch design. In addition to this, there are some excellent books available to teach you more advanced techniques.

Scratch Art Techniques

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Scratch boards are simply sheets of thin, pebble-like paper. They are typically made with water-based inks, which are particularly suited for creating rough textures. Scratch-art techniques can be applied to a wide variety of materials, including paper, fabric, acrylic paints, and pencils. The techniques that are used will depend on the type of material that is used and the intended purpose of the piece.

One of the most common scratch art techniques used is known as ‘horizon line.’ This technique involves tracing paper from the desired photograph onto the scratchboard. It can also be applied to photographs. You trace the traced paper onto the scratchboard by using the corner of the paper that has been traced. Once the tracing paper has been traced onto the board, create a line that runs exactly through the middle of the traced area, and continue along the traced line, cutting out any extra line that does not go along the original line. You can add depth to the Horizon Line by varying the width of the border.


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Another one of the commonly used scratch art techniques is known as hatching. This technique is accomplished by creating a ‘hatching’ pattern on the scratchboard. For this to work, you must draw or paint in the appropriate shape. It can be a wavy pattern or a straight line. The hatching technique was made popular by the American artist Louis Sullivan.

Popular Use Of Scratch Art Techniques

Another popular way to use the scratchboard for scratch art techniques is to draw what you see in memory. This is the most difficult of all the techniques involved in Scratch Painting. This is because it requires the greatest focus and concentration. The best way to start out with this technique is to draw the image you see in your memory at its best.

After you have created the best drawing possible, erase everything except what you are going to use as a guide for the hatching. If you are using a grid, erase every square and then start again. As you continue to draw, remember to apply a consistent stroke to your drawing. Continue until you have reached the bottom of the page.

After completing your drawing, apply a coat of thick acrylic paint over the entire drawing. When finished, take a piece of thin cardboard and gently rub it over the drawing. For best results, you should apply a uniform amount of pressure. Apply a second coat of this thick paint, and once this has dried, you can move on to shading and the next stage of Scratch Art techniques.

Bottom Line

Shading is achieved with the help of scratchboard. Start by drawing the image on the scratchboard, making sure to make the parallel lines between the white and black ink be even. Once you are happy with your drawing, erase all of the white. Now apply a coat of black ink to the white areas until you reach the darkest recesses of the black ink. Once you are happy with the dark area that now appears, outline this with a darker shade of black on the scratchboard until you reach the desired level of shading.

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