Tracey Stoll is a South African artist specializing in the fine art medium of Scratchboard, otherwise known as Scraperboard. She sells her work through exhibitions and her website and is available to contact for commissions.
The Technique of Scratchboard
Scratchboard consists of a support layer which has been coated with a smooth layer of white clay and airbrushed with a layer of black ink on top. The artist uses a sharp implement, such as the blade of a surgical scalpel, to scratch away the ink to expose the white layer of clay underneath. This white layer is either left white to create a dramatic black and white image or it can be coloured with inks or other pigments to create a coloured artwork with as many colours as the artist desires. Essentially, the artist ‘reveals’ the highlights in an image instead of working in the shadows as it normally done in other mediums. This technique allows incredible detail but, dependant on the size and amount of detail, can take anything from 50 to over a hundred hours to achieve!