Scratchbords by Ampersand are hard boards covered in a layer of Kaolin Clay (used to make Porcelain) and then India Ink. When I etch away at the ink with an X-ACTO knife, the image appears in the clay. If I like, I can add colored inks or paints at the end of the process. It is a slow, precise path, layering line over line, and color over color. I always tell people that it takes a lot of artistic courage to approach a medium like this since I do not sketch or erase, I just jump right in! Unlike traditional etchings where prints are made, each one of these creations are an original piece of art.
To view youtube video of how I create, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJ9jgCDW8U