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« on: March 04, 2005 11:58:34 PM »

So, I signed up for a competition that will be in April.  I signed up for a scratchboard competition, but I have NEVER worked with scracthboard before in my life.  So, could anyone help me with what tools from around the house I could use to scratch with?  Also, is there anyway to make homemade scratchboard so that I won't have to pay a crapload of money for something that I need for practice.  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2005 02:25:06 PM »

i don't know about homemade scratchboard, i've only worked with them at school. as for things to scratch with, like a butter knife or something? the things we used were almost like exacto knives, but not as sharp. question: why'd you sign up for a scratchboard competition if you've never done it?
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2005 05:06:06 PM »

i'd be interested in finding out how to make homemade scratchboards if anyone knows how. my dad used to love them, so it would be a nice present!
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2005 09:04:20 PM »

i don't know about homemade scratchboard, i've only worked with them at school. as for things to scratch with, like a butter knife or something? the things we used were almost like exacto knives, but not as sharp. question: why'd you sign up for a scratchboard competition if you've never done it?

Just for the crap of it honestly is why I signed up.  I just came back from having the competition, and I think I placed 5th.  Woo hoo, I didn't even practice!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2005 10:39:04 AM »

that's cool. i wouldn't have done that....you're brave! fifth place, wow, that's really good! can you post a picture of your art?
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005 05:49:21 PM »



Here is the picture.  When I scanned it, the white parts turned to a grey.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2005 08:05:32 PM »

Well I didn't see this untill today, but I know how to make homemade scratchboard. If you guys still want to know how to do it, but let me know and I'll post a tutorial up or something.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2005 06:56:54 AM »

please tell us how! i wanna know!
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2005 07:31:17 AM »

when i was in grade school we lcolored over a sheet of hot-press paper with high-pigment wax crayons in different colors and then colored the whole thing with a black crayon very, very thickly.  when you scratch through, the rainbow comes through.  i'm sure the di-chromatic look could be achieved with just white crayon under the black.
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2005 10:41:18 AM »

Okay! Here's the way to make fantastic quality scratchboard.

Things you need:
Some paper (I usually go for white bristol board as it holds up better than regular paper, although if you want coloured bristol feel free to try it out)
Parraffin wax (It usually comes in boxes and is little pebbles of wax. I always find it with canning stuff at the supermarket)
some waxed paper
an iron
a tin pie plate
an old paintbrush (you don't mind ruining)
a new paint brush
a bottle of ink (I like speedball permanent black)

Cut the bristol board into the size you want the scratchboards to be. Then you need to melt the wax. Put the pie tin on the top of the oven and turn it to low. Pour some of the parrafin wax into the tin. Using the old paintbrush, stir the wax so it will melt fully. Be careful to keep the heat low so the wax doesn't burn. Once it's melted fully, use the old paintbrush to "paint" the wax onto your sheet of bristol paper. Don't worry if it's thick in some spots and bumpy in others, just get the whole piece covered with wax. Then take a piece of waxed paper and put it wax down ontop of the paper with the dried wax on it. This part you need to do quickly. Take the heated iron and swipe it over the waxed paper on the paper really quickly. That should smooth the wax out and make it all even. Try not to go over it too many times, or you will spread the wax too thin and it won't work properly. Peel the waxed paper off. Let it dry. Once the wax on the bristol paper has dried fully, take your new paintbrush and paint a layer of ink over it. The ink might try to collect together and not want to spread out over the whole piece of waxed bristol, but keep trying to spread it out and add more ink if you need to. Once you have it as covered as you can get it, let it dry. And there you have it. Some fantastic scratchboard. You can always cut it to smaller pieces if you like, and the ink scratches off very easily. It's delicate paper, but the ink won't ever flake off like it does with store bought scratchboard paper. I have some wooden tools that are supposed to be for modeling clay that I like to use to draw on the scratchboard with.

I hope that helped you all out. If you have any other questions, or my directions aren't clear enough, just let me know and I'll try to straighten it out for you.
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