Recently, I found myself in a bit of a rut. I started feeling like all the backgrounds in my art journals were the same – some drips, a bit of stenciling and gesso. Ho-hum! To try and switch things up a bit, I’ve been researching some techniques, including those that haven’t necessarily been used exclusively by painters. Two that really piqued my interest are sgraffito and scumbling.
This technique, which is widely used for wall decor, involves the application of layers of plaster in different tints or colors that is then scratched to reveal the underlying color. A similar technique is used in pottery and stain glass. Sgraffito on walls and as murals or frescos was especially popular during the Italian Renaissance; Raphael, Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino da Firenze were particularly sought after to paint palace facades in Rome.Continue reading