"D is for Dahlia" is a 5" x 7" is a scratchboard drawing done by award winning American artist Arlene Wright-Correll on black Claybord with Ampersand colored India Ink.
This is the fourth in a series of 26 floral letters in her new "ABC of Flowers" Series.
This process had previously been difficult to achieve. Welcome to the meticulous art form of scratchboard.
Scratch board is one of the more rarely used media for fine art work. When working with scratchboard, the board itself is heavily coated with a layer of white china clay and then black India ink is applied where Arlene wants to work. After allowing to dry the image is scratched in.
With some pieces the entire board is covered with a smooth coating of black India ink. Arlene uses a sharp pen -like object to etch thousands and thousands of delicate lines through the ink surface into the clay layer.
Arlene must concentrate on the negative as the lines reveal the light areas. At times she must use a magnifying glass to refine the intricate detail. Out of a mass of black emerges the artwork, literally scratched into existence.
Owning a piece of original art by Arlene Wright-Correll is affordable! And, scratchboard art holds up incredibly well; it will not fade in direct sunlight and can even tolerate moisture. Arlene's smaller scratchboard pieces cost between $40–$60. Her larger pieces run around $400–$500.