Scratchboard art began in England long before the development of photography. Scratchboard consists of a wood panel, covered with a heavy coat of white china clay and a thin top layer of black india ink. An image is created by using a very sharp knife to engrave through the layer of ink. A single misplaced line can destroy the entire work of art at any moment. After the drawing is completed, coloring is achieved by using a paintbrush to apply special inks or watercolors.
Due to the time consuming process and accuracy involved in creating each piece, Scratchboard has almost become a lost art!