Scratchboard art is created by scratching lines onto a specially coated piece of paper or cardboard to reveal the colors underneath — like magic! At the Georgetown branch library recently, we experimented with a couple of different types of scratchboard, as well as different scratching tools, and then created our own scratchboards with paper and crayons.
Beth Krommes is a children’s book illustrator who works with scratchboard to create AMAZING artwork for children’s books. Check out some of her books to see her illustrations in detail — like the Caldecott-award-winning title, The House in the Night, picture below. They are beautiful!
Why not give this art form a try? It’s scratch-tastic!