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Confessions of a Detail Freak

Hello, my name is Jenny Dalleywater, initially from Kent and now living in North Yorkshire, specialising in scratchboard. 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 boards themselves are made up of a hard masonite, 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, to remove the black ink,  revealing 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 contact me about Scratchboard workshops -  groups or 121's -  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.

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All these scratchboard images have been created using a scalpel type blade and making tiny scratches, stipples and marks to achieve the finest detail.



Coloured Pencil

Coloured Pencil

Graphite Pencl and Charcoal

Graphite Pencil and Charcoal

An Apple a Day - Charcoal

Charcoal - (unframed size) 15 x 10"

Ostrich - Graphite Pencil

Ostrich - Graphite Pencil - SOLD


Kitten  - Graphite Pencil  

Giraffe - Graphite Pencil

Giraffe - Graphite Pencil - SOLD

Scratchboard Workshops

Scratchboard Workshops

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 am in the North Yorkshire are near York and 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.

07860 159958

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07860 159958

Alne, York
YO61 1RW
North Yorkshire

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