What is Scratchboard Art?

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

Joseph uses many creative tools to achieve a variety of shades and scratch depths. He adds the color via a transparent wash.

When you purchase an original scratchboard etching, you will immediately notice the solidity of the masonite scratchboard, 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.


Each original is carefully matted and framed to enhance the aesthetic of the artwork.

Check the website often to see what new work Joseph has for you!

Frame Styles

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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".

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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".

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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".

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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".