Sometimes referred to as scraper board (especially in Great Britain), but usually called scratchboard in North America and Australia, is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. Scratchboard refers to both a fine-art medium, and an illustrative technique using sharp knives and tools for engraving into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with dark, often black India ink. There is also foil paper covered with black ink that, when scratched, exposes the shiny surface beneath. Scratchboard can be used to yield highly detailed, precise and evenly textured artwork. Works can be left black and white, or colored.

Artist: Nancy Lewis

Nancy graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in elementary education. After raising a family, retiring from teaching and trying many other art forms(quilting, rug hooking, hand dying wool, designing my own craft patterns, and zen-tangles).

When Nancy and her husband started wintering in Arizona she was excited to find the art classes being offered at the Desert Museum.  After taking many of the required and elective classes decided to make it a personal goal to earn the Nature Certificate.  Currently Nancy is primarily working in the mediums of scratchboard and colored pencil but also enjoys experiencing new mediums and techniques in all areas of art.