Saturday, August 10, 2013

Colouring your Scratchboard tutorial

The Promise
8x10 inches
Scratch art, Inktense pencils, Coloured pencils and ink on Ampersand Scratchboard

When I first completed The Promise artwork, I was inundated with questions from other artists about my techniques for colouring scratchboard. In response to these questions, I have put together this 27 page step by step tutorial which shows how I went about scratching each element in the piece and then how the colour was added. The tutorial is available from my website at For anyone new to scratch art, this piece is probably a rather ambitious one to start with, but you can still apply the principles to any piece you are working on. I have given a brief description of all the tools used and even some I didn't use, but I know other artists do use. If you are new to scratch art or scraper board, I can highly recommend Diana Lee's book Starting From Scratch. At some point, I hope to put together some more tutorials on scratchart that are much simpler. Subjects that have either fur or feathers are ideal for scratch board and so I would like to perhaps work on a cat tutorial next.


Sue Clinker said...

Is there no end to your talent Karen?

Such beautiful work, whichever media/style you undertake. Look forward to seeing what you produce next LOL

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Oh wow! What a gorgeous piece!

Karen Hull said...

Hugs to both of you Sue and Gail for your very kind words - much appreciated!!! :)

faisy wish said...

Really fantastic work hand made work is very cute, its really awesome.
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