Learn how to make a traditional Greek painting used to decorate ancient vases, using a black scratchboard and a white pencil
in the second part of the series.
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How to make a Greek Vase Painting Part 2
I just happen to have one, a little bit farther along where I did that kind of petal design and then I started using wavy lines. I did some little animals and some spikes.
And the scratch board usually comes in shapes I think 11x17 maybe and I laid this on top of it, decided where I wanted the scratch board section to go with the little scene on it, and just trace and then I just took my scissors and cut it to shape, so it would fit. It’s going to fit right here like this.
So just so you have an idea of where we’re going with this, so I just want to show you on another piece of scratch board what were going to be dealing with here. They made this special little tools that almost looks like a pen holder, but there’s special little blade that goes in it. And it comes in two different kinds, there’s one that kind of shape like this like a spade. And then there’s one that shape like a diamond, and the diamond one for making really, really fine lines and the spade one the more you turn it on its each edge the fatter of a line you can scratch with it. You can scratch out a fairly white line like that and then the diamond one is for very fine lines like this, and you can do lots of cross hatching. So I always like to use the scraps that I have left over to kind of practice on.
Now I’m thinking about what kind of a scene I want to put on my scratch etch paper, and I’m thinking maybe one of my favorite characters from Greek Mythology is a Medusa and it was thought that if you look directly into the face of Medusa you would be turned to stone. And she also had this incredible hair full of serpents and snakes, so I think I’m going to do kind of a gruesome face here with lots of snakes and here kind of flowing all over the place.
You can actually draw very lightly on this scratch paper, and you really want to draw lightly in case you don’t end up scratching that off at some later point. I think I’ve got my Medusa here and I went ahead and did a design at the top and the bottom. And I’m just kind of practice one more time and a couple of things about scratch board. It actually works better if you do kind of short click strokes versus trying the whole, go back and forth, okay.
You really have to practice and get used to the tools and find what work best for you. I think I’m going to do curves here a little bit, it’s difficult to work on but because this is kind of a wave design. I’m not going to scratch out everything. I’m going to do it with lines. And it always works best to go from top to bottom because if you try and do the scratch tool the other way you’re going to go into problems.
And you can see how that’s pulling the ink off of the scratch board. They also make a scratch board on like acetate that has different colors on it that’s all covered with black ink and when you scratch it away with like a little wooden pointed tool it shows the colored acetate and the black part. You can do great like medieval pictures, and they look like stained glass windows.
And they make scratch board with silver and gold underneath in different textures. And there a lot of different kinds of scratch boards out there on the market that are a lot of fun to experiment with.
And once you get in to this you may find yourself doing textured pictures of animals because it’s great for doing animal pictures because you can do a lot with the fur and the real fine lines.
And I think my little snakes and serpent dies need some eyes. Actually Medusa was pretty cool, mythological creature. Medusa, the Gorgon and she is going to be glued right onto the vase. And what I would do now is take my spray glue and I happen to have a little trash can down here, and all you need is a little bit. And then you have to get it centered like here.
And here we have our completed Greek vase painting with Medusa as the star.