Confessions of a Detail Freak
Hello, my name is Jenny Dalleywater, initially from Kent and now living in North Yorkshire, specialising in scratchboard, with domestic and wildlife animals as my main subjects, though people creep in sometimes too. However, I also love pastel, coloured and graphite pencils and I occasionally dabble in charcoal . The pattern forming here, as you might notice, is anything that doesn’t involve brushes!!
Scratchboard is my ‘go to’ medium. A few years ago I had a eureka moment when I discovered this little known medium while researching on the internet. I say little known, as although it is much more used in the USA, Canada, Australia, China and a few other countries, here in the UK, apart from maybe dabbling in ‘scraperboard at school, most people are unaware of it and the amazing detail
it can achieve. I am only aware of a handful of scratchboard artists here in the UK and I am, currently, one of only four UK members of the USA based International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).
The scratchboards I use are made up of a hard masonite board, with an underlayer of white clay, finished with a layer of black India ink. The images are created from scratches, stipples and marks made with a sharp scalpel type blade, or abrasive tools, which removes the black ink to reveal the white underlayer of clay. Boards can be left dramatically black and white or coloured, afterwards, with watercolour or inks.
It takes many, many hours to produce an image and for detail freaks, like me, it is very therapeutic and perfect art-form. All you need is a board, a blade and patience. What can be achieved with a knife blade is phenomenal.
If you would like to learn about this fascinating art form for yourself then come to a Scratchboard workshop with me in Kent - just contact me for more details or you have any questions on pricing, commissions etc., I am always happy to tell you more and spread the word about this wonderful medium.
All these scratchboard images have been scratched using a scalpel type blade and tiny scratches, stipples and tiny marks to achieve the finest detail.
Scratchboard is a fascinating, therapeutic and rewarding art form, that is not very well known in the UK.
Sharp or abrasive tools are used to create the finest of images. The finished work can be left dramatically black and white or you can colour some or all of it using watercolours or inks.
When I discovered scratchboard, I was totally hooked. As you will see from my artwork, detail is my 'thing', so scratchboard is perfect for me.
I love sharing my experience and information and encouraging others to have a go,
so if you have a passion for art, love detail and would like to find out more,
why not contact me to with a view to 1 2 1 classes or if you belong to an art club,
I can arrange classes, talks or demos for you as well.