Sgraffito Technique – Series part 3

This is the third part of a series of Sgraffito paintings that I did for the art academy. The term Sgraffito is usually associated with wall decor and ceramic surfaces and comes from the Italian word graffiare (“to scratch”) and is related to the Greek term γράφειν (gráphein) “to write”.

How this painting technique works, I describe in my recent blog post.

These are now the last two paintings of this series, which did not have to be still lives but which I could design freely. I chose to do an experiment with a frame around the hummingbird and the flower. The second one is a repeat from one of my favorite landscape painting, but which is already sold to a collector.

Baobab-Sgraffito-auf-Papier.-70x50cm-Baobab-sgrafitto-on-paper-27.5x20in-©-2014 by Jutta Bluehberger


These paintings are like those in the first part of the series, without an oil layer on top. For the first one, I adapted the lower color layer to the motive, in the second one only partially. As you can see, it is not easy to photograph these without having a glare on the smooth surface.