Lesson Overview Introduction to scratch paper. Scratch paper is colourful paper that has been coated with a layer of black ink that, when scratched, exposes a colourful surface beneath. It can be used to produce highly detailed and precise artwork. It is similar to printmaking in that it requires you to draw from black to white, rather than white to black.
- The artist will be given a test sheet of scratch paper to get familiar with removing the ink from the surface, using a scratching tool.
- Students will then practice drawing patterns such as hatching, crosshatching and stippling.
- Last, they will draw their own designs. Some scratch paper ideas include a flower, snowflake, heart, star, leaf, name initials or a season.
*The challenge is in drawing in reverse. We are normally accustomed to making dark marks on a light surface when we draw or write, however this is reversed with scratch paper. The artist must scratch away at areas that will represent the highlights and leave the areas that are suppose to be darker in value.
Materials scratch paper, scratching tool, sketching paper, pencil