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A Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or coloured layer beneath. Scratchboard is a fine-art medium and an illustrative technique using sharp knives and tools for engraving into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with dark, often black India ink. Scratchboard can be used to yield highly detailed precise and evenly textured artwork. Works can be left black and white or coloured. My work in this medium began in March 2020 during lockdown in the UK and continues.
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