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WHAT IS SCRATCHBOARD ART?

Scratchboard is an etching process developed over 300 years ago in Europe.  Using tools such as needles and scalpels, an artist removes black India ink that has been applied to a white clayboard.  By scratching away the black ink, the white clay underneath is revealed, forming a black and white image. Color can then be brushed into the scratch marks, depending on the desired effect.

Joseph uses many creative tools and nontraditional techniques to achieve a variety of shades and scratch depths. He adds the color using acrylics in a transparent wash.  His original boards are sealed with a clear acrylic coating and can be framed with or without glass.

When you purchase an original etching, you will immediately notice the solidity of the Masonite board, the true blackness of the India ink, and – most amazingly – every needle mark involved in creating your original etching. The black-white contrast is striking, as is the acrylic color sparingly added to the etch marks.

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Frame Styles

canvas wrap

A giclée print on genuine artist canvas. Stretched tightly over an inner frame with pre-installed hanging hardware, it arrives “ready to hang” on your wall.

Depth is 1 1/4".

Arroyo Moulded

Perfect for a formal setting, this frame features a beaded interior, brown center, and coal-shade exterior edge.

Width is 2 3/4".

Driftwood

With natural gray-toned accents offset by a linen inner lining, this frame comfortably showcases either western OR wildlife images.

Width is 2 1/4".

Weathered Barnwood

This rustic frame has real barbed wire around a beautiful gray barnwood. The corner blocks add a special flair.

Width is 2 1/2".