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Thanks Will,                      I have some stock here
but would certainly take them rather than see them wasted.
Cheers,
Geoff

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Re: [SCIART] Scratchboard, Bristol Board, Australia

	Hi Geoff,

	              I’ve got seven sheets of ESSDEE scraper
board about (50x60cm) at the Herbarium which have been sitting around
here for many years. They seem to be in good condition. If you want
them you can have them as it seems a shame to let them be wasted. 

	Cheers,

	               Will

	  

	    

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SUBJECT: Re: [SCIART] Scratchboard, Bristol Board, Australia

	  

	Hi All,

	           I came back home from an full-on but fabulous
week working in Canberra, helping to install an upgrade to their
imaging system. I had a look round for myself for scraperboard
suppliers. It is called scraperboard here in Australia.

	  

	I’m running workshops at “The Planting” Festival. Only for 10
people each at Woodford, north of Brisbane, 30th April and 1st May.
There will be competition for places, as although it’s much smaller
than Woodford Folk Festival, they do get quite a turnout.
http://theplantingfestival.com/programme/explore.html [1] 

	  

	I had already checked local suppliers and white Essdee is just not
imported here. The seems to be really only one major wholesaler here
and they only carry black. They have black and I think they get
Clayboard.

	  

	I checked Amazon UK and found they had one pack of white via
Jackson’s.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CM446AM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_1&smid=ADC64JG0QGLE9
[2] 

	  

	Then I searched for Jacksons UK (ignore the Western Australian store
as they will have the same wholesaler) and found they had more and a
cheaper price on that one product. 

	https://www.jacksonsart.com/search/?q=scraperboard [3] 

	  

	I bought two packs of the largest size and two packs each of number
one and two scraper nibs. Delivery was about $100, converting to
Aussie dollars from UK pounds. I’m not sure if they have  a
standard price for Australian delivery or if smaller packs are cheaper
to deliver.

	  

	I don’t use Bristol board myself but they do carry it.
https://www.jacksonsart.com/search/?q=bristol+board [4] I’m not sure
if any of those suit?

	  

	As you found often airmail is a cheaper option than shipping
companies to and from Australia but it’s never cheap. It’s a hell
of a long way!

	  

	I had better get back to an exhibition statement before I go to work.

J

	Cheers,

	Geoff

	  

	  

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SUBJECT: [SCIART] Scratchboard, Bristol Board, Australia

	   

	Thank you Karen, Geoff, Bruce, Gail, Heather, and Linda, for all your
input.

	  

	I have compiled all your links and will look through them and forward
them to my student. As far as I know, the student has looked no
further than Australia and the US, so he may do better from Europe.
Bruce, I know they have ink nibs and holders in Bangkok. Sasivimon
took me to a fun art supply store crammed with stuff. For scaper
blades, they sent one of their members to gather those in Japan while
he was there on business. Karen, I use the Strathmore 400 series
smooth for ink. It has the brown cover with an airbrush image. I like
the 500 too, but 400 is easier to find. I've never had trouble with
bleeding. Illustration board, or any smooth or plate finsh paper will
work. Geoff, I'll look into Amazon UK.

	  

	A FEW NOTES ON SCRATCHBOARD, FROM MY EXPERIENCE:

	-By far, the best is the old ESSDEE, which, of course, is no longer
made. There is a new ESSDEE that is pretty good. Trudy Nicholson sent
me a sample to try last year and I was happy with it. It has a tinge
of yellow, which can be corrected to white for print. I don't mind the
tinge. It's similar to the tinge on Arches watercolor paper. Trudy
still uses the old; she has a personal stock left. I do too, so that's
what I have for personal use. For students, I look for less expensive,
but good, options.

	-I have a large stock of Canson scratchboard; alas, that is no longer
made. (But if anyone near me wants some, let me know)

	-I chose Ampersand Claybord for my distance students because it's
easy to find, order, and WAS reliable. They seem to have changed the
processing. Without treatment, the board may bleed (75% of my students
had problems with bleeding). I suggested they polish the board like we
did with the old ESSDEE (pink pearl eraer, alcohol, chamois--as
outlined in the GNSI Handbook) and that worked. I contacted Ampersand,
sent them images, and they did their own tests. While they have not
changed their formula, they got the same result--bleeding of ink while
using crowquill and ink. They were surprised. Their suggestion was to
purchase an oil free steel wool they sell and prep the board, so
that's another option.

	-Scratch-Art. Okay, this is a thin scratchboard that comes a dozen
sheets to a pack, and WAS ideal for learning scratchboard. It was very
inexpensive, needed no prep, and was not mounted on board, so light
and easy to ship. You couldn't make a lot of corrections due to the
thin coating of clay, but for learning, it was great. I used it for
professional illustrations as well, when the project did not warrant
the thicker clay coating of ESSDEE. After twenty odd years, they
changed the manufacturing and/or the formula. It is worthless now.
Totally worthless. I was never able to reach the company.

	  

	FYI. My quotes for shipping a 5lb box to AU ranged from $89 (USPS) to
$200+ (UPS, FedEx)

	  

	  

	  

	HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!

	  

	Cheers,

	Gretchen

	  

	  

	  

	Gretchen Halpert
 Illustrator/educator

	Scientific Illustration Distance Program

	www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com [7]

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