ISSA is dedicated to promoting Scratchboard as a fine art medium.
Scratching, as an art form, has been around since the first people painted and scratched on cave walls. Today’s scratchboard is much more refined, allowing for intricate detail and a wide variety of styles. Scratchboard art involves using a variety of abrasive tools to remove dark coloured ink to reveal a white layer below. Artists may leave the artwork in black and white or colour it with a variety of mediums. Scratchboard art was historically used for illustrations in the advertising and publishing industries as an alternative to engraving. It has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity and is finding its way into fine art circles.