Here is a just for fun, hodge-podge collection of pictures in my Sourdough Scores & Bakes Gallery. I hope it gives you some inspiration!
I have a video tutorial below the picture gallery of how to actually slash and score the bread. It shows you a ‘functional’ score which allows the steam to escape, and also the decorative score on the left.
Whether you slash or score is totally up to you. I do one or the other depending on my mood. If I do a slash, I usually don’t apply much rice flour and just leave the loaf a’la natural with a single slash. But, if I do a score pattern, I’ll use some white rice flour sprinkled on top to bring out that pattern of the score.
If you’re ready to start sourdough or are just starting to get your feet wet, you might find this recipe & technique video helpful: BEGINNER SOURDOUGH TARTINE.
Did you know that I bake at ‘high altitude’? I really should say I bake at high elevation’ because after all, I’m not baking on an airplane. Haha. If you have questions about high elevation baking I would recommend you check out the King Arthur Flour link for their guide on baking at elevation.
King Arthur Flour https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/learn/resources/high-altitude-baking