Archive for old scratch

Our Wintery Friend the Wendigo

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by scratchyb

A little break turned into a bit of an unexpected hiatus. Here’s something I did at the tail-end of 2012. I’m calling it the Wendigo. The lonely hiker continues on, unaware of his own state of deterioration and the force that haunts him.

I’m working on a new site design. I’m using right now, but since I have a host I’m going to install WordPress there and run this blog right and proper. This changeover will most likely occur either over the summer or in the latter part of 2013, as I would like to take my time and do it right.

Dark Lords, Their Minions, and Frost Breath

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2012 by scratchyb


© Eric Battaglia 2012

Here’s a little something else I did last week titled “The Dark Lord Riseth, His Minions Follow.”

By the way, that painting I posted last time now has a title, “Frost Breath,” and is posted for sale on Etsy.

New Corpsepaint Face

Posted in Art, Projects, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by scratchyb

Today I’ll be putting the finishing touches on this corpsepaint face painting. It’s going to be the sixth in the series. I plan to stop at seven. It’s time to move on to some other projects.


© Eric Battaglia 2012

22 Berwyn art show

Posted in Art, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by scratchyb

Modular22, the art/design hybrid collaborative show is still going on through December 22nd at Studio 22 Berwyn. Saturday’s opening was fun, and it was great to see what the whole thing looked like once it was together. This assemblage of laser-cut panels was the brainchild of Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting, who run 22. If you live near the Berwyn area, you really should put it on your to-do list to pay this gallery a visit.

Photos by Mandy McGee


Black Metal Faces

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by scratchyb

Over the past seven months I’ve been working on and off on a series of small 6×6 inch deconstructed corpse-paint face paintings, experimenting with variations of  woodburning and painting techniques.  I have five completed so far, I plan to do up to seven. I first debuted these at the Constructor Craft Fair, and I’ll have five of them complete and shown all together on September 15th at the Cigars and Stripes September art show.

I’ve also begun listing them in my Etsy shop. I’ll probably be adding one every few days.


Posted in Art with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by scratchyb

Sometimes I feel like I work at a snail’s pace.

The snail was burned, and the background is acrylic mixed with modelling paste, and graphite for the details.

Further Experimentation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2012 by scratchyb


I have also been playing around with the engraving nature of pyrography.  Here’s a clock I did that I then painted over with gold paint mixed with a little black, to create a brass color.  Then I cleaned up the details with a dry, stiff brush to bring back the fine lines.

Constructor Aftermath

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by scratchyb


Had a great day at last Saturday’s Constructor Craft Fair at Fitzgerald’s. This was the first craft fair where I wasn’t sharing a booth, so I took advantage of the space. A big thank you to people who came to my booth and supported me, and also to my fellow vendors, who were just plain fun and inspiring to be around. I shouldn’t leave out the organizers,  who always go out of their way to make this a great event.

One thing I have picked up from this show is that I am ready to start moving into more products, like a greater range of cards, and finally, T-shirts. While I’m still continuing with the major and minor pyrography art experiments I’ve been doing, I’m also going to explore some other avenues for my designs.

And now, it is time to return to work.


Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by scratchyb

I was so excited to have finally made it here. We took a special trip up to the Wisconsin Baraboo area just to see this amazing sculpture garden. The story is, Tom Every, aka Dr. Evermor, was a wrecker who had become depressed to see so much quality work just end up as unused scrap.  The Forevertron is the solution, an homage to Science Fiction afficionados everywhere. Mandy and I took so many more pictures than I have space for here. I’d been dying to see this place ever since a coworker described it to me two years ago.

The Epicurean is among my favorite pieces here, it all just comes together so well.

I loved this telescope. There’s something slightly ominous about it.

Pyrography and scratchboard

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by scratchyb

I’ve been working on a little experiment combining pyrography with scratchboard for a stronger effect. The contrast between the black and white and the comparatively lighter wood coloring intrigued me.  I kind of like the way this worked out, so I might be doing a few more experiments.


© Eric Battaglia 2012

I just glued the scratchboard drawing onto the wood panel with craft glue.  Next I’ll seal it with an acrylic or polyurethane varnish. That should keep the edges from pulling up. I’ve debated using color, and decided against it, even along the border, which was my original intent for this piece.