I’m currently trying out scratchboard. Using Ampersand 5×7 ClayBord, I’m applying Blak Magic india ink to the surface and then scratching away to reveal the white.
It’s a rather tough yet somewhat forgiving medium…if I totally screw up, I can apply more ink and scratch away again (unless I scratch away all the clay to reveal the board behind). I love the look of the finished product. The cool thing about this medium is the way it forces a style out of you by necessity.
I’ve always admired Nina Simone’s music and her attitude towards the world she was dealing with. If you’ve never heard her, check her out!