At long last, this scratchboard is in color. It was a scary step, but once I started putting color in, it became more comfortable, and now I can’t imagine going back. I am coloring this with Ampersand Inks (pictured below). They are as runny as water, but very full of pigment so I’ve been diluting them in water and mixing them as needed. They are something really different than I’m used to, but very enjoyable to work in. Beneath the tray of ink colors, you can see a little plastic palette, which is what I use to mix the inks in. I then apply the color to the board with a small, soft paint brush.
The beauty of these inks is that I can scratch them off as easily as the black of the scratchboard itself. Below is the result of my first washes of color. At this point, I had applied two layers to the leaves, and almost two layers to the bark. The grasses were untouched by color at this point. Please excuse the poor photos. This thing is now laying flat on a table, which really makes it hard to photograph. If I kept it upright while painting it, the colors would run.
I’ve since added several more layers, including darker colors to add more depth to the piece. I really am nearing the finish now, so stay tuned. 🙂 Thank you for looking, and have a great weekend!