Scratchboard art is created by scratching lines onto a specially coated piece of paper or cardboard to reveal the colors underneath -- like magic! At the Georgetown branch library recently, we experimented with a couple of different types of scratchboard, as well as different scratching tools, and then created our own scratchboards with paper and crayons. Beth Krommes
is a children's book illustrator who works with scratchboard to create AMAZING artwork for children's books. Check out some of her books
to see her illustrations in detail -- like the Caldecott-award-winning title, The House in the Night
They are beautiful!
Why not give this art form a try? It's scratch-tastic!