We stock scratchboard from Ampersand, and all the tools you'd need to go with it. A clay hardboard panel coated in Indian Ink, you can scratch your designs into the blank scratchbord to reveal the white layer beneath. For greater or added dimension, coloured inks can also be added to the white areas and then scratched again, for additional highlights and volume. This art technique originated in the 19th century in Britain and France, and became popular in the US. As printing methods developed at the beginning of the 20th century, scraperboard became a popular medium in art as it provided an alternative to wood, metal and linoleum engraving. It allowed for a fine line appearance that could be resized for reproduction without losing quality, making it ideal to use in newspapers and books. In more recent years, it has made a comeback as an appealing medium for editorial illustrators of magazines, ads, graphic novels, and one of a kind pieces of fine art displayed in galleries and museums internationally. Use only the best knives and Claybord inks from Ampersand to produce your original artworks. We offer a range of scratching knives and boards to start your artistic journey with this unique medium.