Grade 7 Elective Art recently made beautiful feather images using a technique called scratchboard.
Scratchboard is made by using a sharp tool to scratch off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. Unlike many drawing media, where the artist adds in the mid-tones and shadows, with scratchboard the artist is working by adding in the highlights.
Scratchboard was originally invented for the purpose of reproduction in printing. It has been used for over a century reproducing images for books, magazines, newspapers, and in advertising.