Congratulations, Geoff! It sounds absolutely fantastic! What a great, great evening! 
Rest well! 

Yes! I ground down the bad #2points with a whetstone. Then threw them out as too much work! I don't do much stippling, didn't do it too well with the #2 blades anyways, always made a little triangle, instead of a dot. But nowadays there are so many new tools out that scratchboard artists use. Wire brushes that make a grayscale drawing. I was brought up with a clean black and white incised line as the preferred technique, but now with scanning, the grayscale technique has hit the market like a rocket! And also coloration on scratchboard.  I'm still old school with clean lines, but recently completed a graphite on Claybord that I'm very pleased with. I didn't scratch in grayscale, but the used the graphite and smudged it along with hard lines, then scraped the white areas. I was very pleased with the look. I'll try that again.

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On Jul 26, 2013, at 7:16 AM, Geoff Thompson wrote:

Hi Linda,
                  Thanks, It's good to know it wasn't only me. I have older ones myself. These new ones came up well after I sharpened them with 1200 and then 2000 grade wet and dry sandpaper. I can't do my reverse stippling technique with the Exacto blades. Those are great for Trudy's cross hatching style though.
The Artbar was an amazing success. There were all these young people spending ages doing careful drawings with the Camera Lucida App. I think because it was an app it sucked them in but they were so patient and hard working on their drawings. Gary had wonderful little stands made. The paper has to be off centre to line up with the camera. The floral dissections guided by a botanist went off in a big way too. Caroline, my wife and Alison my niece helped a lot. We just got the ferry home straight from Circular Quay to the end of our street and I'm unwinding over a sandwich just after midnight. There was no time for food earlier. We're exhausted but so pleased it went so well.


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