WABA Workshop: The Art of Scratchboard Techniques for Wildlife and Botanical Artists

Tutor: Rikki Fisher

9.30am - 4.30pm, 25 October 2014

Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT.

Images: Right - At-rest Zebra, Rikki Fisher

Below: Hibiscus Flower, Rikki Fisher

This one day WABA workshop will introduce artists to scratchboard (or scraperboard) materials and techniques. Scratchboard has long been used as a medium an illustrative technique for wildlife and botanical artists and yields highly detailed, precise and evenly textured artwork.

The technique uses sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black ink. Scratchboard can also be made with several layers of multi-colored clay, so the pressure exerted on the instrument used determines the color that is revealed.

Rikki will provide demonstrations of techniques using a range of tools, and will provide individual support for participants throughout the workshop.

AM – A short introduction into scratchboard, showing a variety of examples styles and discussion about materials that can be used. Participants will create a test sheet using various scratch tools and create a variety of textures. If time permits a small study will we scratched (bring a small item such as - a leaf, shell, feather or gumnut).

PM – Building on the morning, participants will start a scratchboard piece of an animal or botanical work. Bring photo reference to size 5x7 or use one of Rikki’s images. Rikki will give a demonstration on one of her pieces and discuss – suitable images to use for scratchboard, how to transfer an image onto the board, how to approach the work, layering and more.


About the tutor:

Rikki Fisher is an accomplished artist, with international recognition for her skills with scratchboard. She recently won the ‘Best in Show’ for the Open Category at the 2nd Annual International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) exhibition in Canada, and has won a number of other awards for her work.  See Rikki’s website for more details: www.rikkifisher.com

Image: Left - ‘Warning Growl - Sumatran Tiger’ Rikki Fisher

For bookings or further information please contact:  

Julia Landford on (02) 6166 7002 or by email on ajlandford@gmail.com

Workshop details:

Cost $100 for WABA members, $120 for non-members + materials kit $20

Morning and afternoon tea provided

Bring your own lunch

Materials kit $20 (pay to tutor on the day) includes

o   1 x 5x7 Scratchboard

o   2 nibs and 1 holder

o   White Carbon paper

o   Scratchboard test strip

o   Pitt Pen Extra Fine

o   Pitt Pen Brush Med. Grey

What to Bring

o   Feathers, seed pods, leaves

o   Photo reference of your choice animal, bird or botanical (cropped image A5 size)

o   White charcoal or white colour pencil

o   Any scratch tools you already have eg. Steel wool, emery board

o   Old hand towel or tea-towel

o   White cotton glove (available at supermarkets)

o   Note pad and biro

o   Sticky tape, scissors, ruler

o   Black Ink with watercolour brush

o   Water container and pallete (to hold diluted ink)

o   A3 Drawing pad

                           o   A4 sheet of tracing paper

Note: Extra boards and materials will be available for purchase if required.

Pkt of 3   5x7 = $12

10x8 = $12

Fibreglass brush with holder $12

Exacto knife with blade $10

Fibreglass brush + holder $12