scratchbord™ Daisy and Butterfly
- scratchbord™ Panel, 11"x14"
- Chalk – White or Pastel
- Pencil or Pen
- Scratch Knife
- Brush #2 Round Watercolor
- Paper Towels
- Colored India Ink
- Krylon® Matte, Satin or Gloss Fixative Sealer
Step 1 This project uses an 8"x10" scratchbord™ panel. Download and print Image #1. Cover the entire back of the pattern with white chalk. Center the pattern chalk side down onto the scratchbord™ surface and tape it in place; do not put tape directly on the surface. Trace over the guidelines with a pen or pencil to transfer the pattern.
Step 2 Carefully remove the pattern. Using a scratch tool, lightly scratch over the chalk outline for your main guidelines. Blow away residual chalk or wipe gently with a soft cloth. Do not rub hard or the scratchbord™ surface will smudge. Make sure to scratch in all of the lines on the pattern because they will be your directional guidelines for the next step. Refer to Image #2.
Step 3 Using image #3 to guide you, scratch in the contour lines. Carefully follow the curvature of the wings and flower petals. Contour lines are very important because they not only define shapes, but also give them volume and keep them from looking too flat.
Step 4 Using image #4 to guide you, scratch in between the contour lines with your scratch tool. When you finish this step, you should have a gray, flat looking subject.
Step 5 Study the drawing for image #5. Go back to areas that need to be lighter and scratch more lines either between or over the previous ones. Pay attention to the direction of the lines on the wings while you are scratching. This highlighting is what gives your drawing dimension. Before moving on to the color step, make sure you have scratched away enough of the black and that the image resembles the Step #5 illustration. Do not leave too much black in the drawing or your colors will not be as bright when you add color.
Step 6 Before adding color, carefully clean off your piece with a soft cloth. Before applying the color, always test it first on a piece of paper to make sure you have the color just right. Use a small brush (#2 recommended) and a “dry brush” technique by blotting extra ink color from the brush onto a paper towel before applying it. Study the finished color illustration in image #6. Apply inks to the white scratched areas of your drawing. When your painting is completely dry go back in and remove some color with the scratch tool to create the white highlights. Use the color illustration in image #6 to guide you in the areas that need to be highlighted.
Step 7 Once you are finished, seal your scratchbord™ with two or three coats of an acrylic fixative. We recommend the Krylon® UV finishes. You can choose Matte, Satin or Gloss. The fixative will dissolve any fingerprints and smudges that appear on the surface. Place your piece in a ready-made frame and you are done. No glass is necessary!