Scrimshaw-Style Yupo Engraving

Scrimshaw is a decorative art form made popular by skilled fisherman in the 18th century. They scratched nautical images into bone material, then rubbed pigment into the lines.

A modern, eco-friendly version can be created on Yupo - a polypropylene sheet. Etch a design using a metal tool, then ...

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Scrimshaw Style Yupo Engraving


  1. Create a pencil drawing on Yupo paper. Etch over the drawing using a metal Scratch-Art knife.
  2. Erase the pencil lines.
  3. Fill the engraved lines with oil pastel. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to work the color into the lines and remove any excess.
  4. Use an eraser to pull back white highlights.