If you’ve never drawn on a scratchboard before, try it! You can do some pretty cool stuff with them. It’s also a great activity to do with kids.You can buy pre-made ones in the store, or you can be cheap like me and make your own. That is what you are looking at above. A home made scratchboard. And I’m going to tell you how I made it. Keep in mind that this is not my most successful home made scratchboard. This is something I do every once in a while, just because I like it. And in keeping with my self imposed rules of the Collage Sketchbook, I did this for fun and as an experiment.
In the past when I’ve made scratchboards I use a sturdy base, like Bristol board. I cover it in gesso, let that dry, then cover it in black ink and PRESTO! Scratchboard!
For this piece I didn’t reinforce the paper in the book except to paste old artwork and magazine cut outs in it. I then covered it with gesso and ink, as per the usual process. My hopes with this was that I could scratch through the ink and gesso down to the magazine and the colors would come through. That worked in some place, but not enough that I would recommend doing an entire piece this way. For the most part what I found was the glossy nature of the magazine paper did not react well to the gesso, and instead ripped.