In the old days .. or the olden days as my sons like to remind me, I used to get lots of commissions for artwork using scraperboard or scratchboard. The boards were black and a sharp needle like point was used to scrape away the black surface revealing a white line. When the drawing was all finished, I'd get some inks or watercolour, and paint onto the white bits. All very messy, but fun.
Now though, the boards have gone, and it's all digital, clean and very fast. Here's one I did earlier! One advantage is that you can keep 'undoing' any mistakes you make. With the original scraperboard - every cut or scrape counted and there was no room for error. It is sad though, not to have hard copy anymore. Big fat sigh..
|For an article that appeared in Women's Institute magazine.|