Scratch Art 5

More scratch art work inspired by a class I took at Woodmere Art Museum in spring 2021. Look here for the first post, which explains the origins of this inspiration and some general background on the medium.

This photo was taken at the Delaware Art Museum in the Pre-Raphaelite gallery.

And here is the scratch art, in two different incarnations. The story is, I went along with the image and everything was going just great. In my first (and probably best idea) I left the whole background black. No images exist of this phase because I thought: hmmm, I must have something more to this picture. So I will make the background white.

I started scratching away from the left side. Soon I realized I wished I had not done it. But as you by now know, too late. I salvaged the picture and ended up with this:

I consoled myself with how nicely I had done the carpet, but I never got happy. I hated that weird shape the background now has, and I wanted it to be one color, and my only choice left now was white.

I got out the tools and worked it over. It’s better, now, but still lacking. Lesson learned (again): every inch of the surface does not need to be touched. No matter how enticing the large open black areas are, no matter how much your tool wishes to dig in – sometimes you must leave them alone.

11 thoughts on “Scratch Art 5

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I thought the same thing about the carpet, I was just very pleased with it. For some reason as I was doing it I was remembering a rug my grandparents had in their living room when I was young. I’ve liked this style of carpet ever since. I do think that when the subject means something to you, you bring that feeling to the art.

  1. Diane

    Ok you are enticing me to do this. So today I will do it with my crayons and see what happens

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Nothing against crayons but there is no comparison with the real scratch art surface. They are not expensive and available at online art places (Blick has smaller sizes, but others have larger ones. One day I am going to take the plunge and try a large one). The smooth surface and the feel of the tools can’t be beat.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      My teacher in the class thought they were a print when she first saw the images (over the internet so she didn’t see the actual item). I agree, they look like linocuts to me and I think that is another reason I like them, because I also like black/white prints as well and always enjoyed doing them.

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