What is scratchboard?

Scratchboard is essentially a white drawing on a black surface. Traditional etching and printmaking form the roots of today’s scratchboard art. Using sharp knives and tools, scratchboard artists etch to reveal slivers of the thin layer of white china clay that is applied to board and airbrushed with black India ink.

Layer after layer of colorful inks are added and scratched away, added and scratched away until the colors and value (the balance of dark and light) are just right for the composition. To learn even more about scratchboard, visit the website of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, of which Lindsey Kiser is an award-winning, active member and elected member of the board.

Why did you choose this medium?

For the challenge! Not only is scratchboard extremely unforgiving, it requires you to think in reverse of traditionally drawing. Working in scratchboard, an artist places down highlights with each scratch, instead of placing down a shadow with every dark line on a white surface. There is no way to completely erase a line once made. So, if an artist makes a mistake, one best imaginatively turn it into a “happy accident.”

Also, the level of detail and hyper realism that scratchboard makes possible is a veritable feast for an artist of wildlife and wildflowers.

How were you introduced to scratchboard?

My childhood home was filled with admired originals of Warner Burton, a family friend who spent his retirement years working in scratchboard. After he learned of my budding interests in art, he invited me to visit his studio and gave me a starter kit from his supplies. I later found out that he had bequeathed me his sketchbooks, inspiration folder and all of his art supplies. For a long time, I couldn’t bring myself to use the treasured scratchboards.

How do I learn more?

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What about shipping?

All orders will be packaged and dropped off at a shipper within 7 business days of purchase. Depending on the size, expect 3-10 business days from shipping. As of January 2023, the gallery is set up only for U.S. shipping.

*Overseas shipments (outside the US) may be subject to import duties and taxes according to the laws of the destination country. Any additional charges are at the customer’s expense. We have no control over these charges and accept no responsibility for additional charges. Shipping costs contribute towards packing supplies, labor and transit fees.


All sales are final. If colors need to be specific, please contact the artist before ordering for more photographs. Feel free to email with any questions priort to purchase.

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Are frames included?

No. Even if the photograph shows a frame, do not expect your purchase to include a frame. Unless the detailed description of the artwork specifically says that the price includes a frame, the purchased artwork will come unframed. Why? Our collectors have a wide variety of taste in frames. We cannot possibly carry all of the variety of frames for our collectors. Your local frame shop will be able to assist you in your framing needs.

Event Cancellation Policy

If Lindsey cancels the event, you will receive 100% of your event registration fee returned to you within 10 days of the cancellation. Lindsey will not refund any additional travel costs associated with your event registration.

If the registrant (art student) desires to cancel his/her registration, 48 hours of written notice is required to receive a full refund of the event registration fee. If less than 48 hours notice is given, then LinZ Art Gallery LLC will retain the registration fee. However, Lindsey welcomes you to find a friend to take your seat in the event, but written notice of such an exchange is required with at least 4 hours notice, so that Lindsey knows the names of all participants.