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Friday, April 22, 2011

Scratchboard with Trudy Nicholsen

(Sycamore by Trudy Nicholson)

Modern scratchboard also called scraperboard as we know it was introduced in Britain and France during the 19th century. Scratchboard became popular for its "finer" line appearance. Up until the 1950s it was used mainly for advertising and editorial illustrations. In more recent years it has made a comeback as an appealing medium.  It can easily be reproduced and it also closely resembles either wood engravings or woodcuts.

Last weekend our Botanical Art and Illustration program had a weekend workshop in scratchbord with Trudy Nicholson as the instructor. Trudy has illustrated several books, offers workshops especially within the GNSI-community and samples of her work can be viewed here.  
Student work from the workshop can be viewed at the BI-facebook photo album: Scratchboard.

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