Do your kids love scratch art? Mine really enjoy the blank black canvas and the surprise of color underneth, they can create just about anything with scratch art. I wanted to try my hand at making my own scratch art paper with a few simple supplies. Take a look at how you can make your own scratch art paper.
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Scratch art paper is made with simple supplies, and I mean simple. You most likely have these in your home right now.
Scratch Art Paper Supplies
- Heavy cardstock
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Dish soap
- Paint brush
I tried a few different types of paper and paint before settling on this supply list. First I tried washable tempera paint, but it just didn’t cover the crayon. This black acrylic paint works best. It covers the crayon well and scratches off easily.
Another supply I played around with was paper, I found the heavier the paper the better. Thin copy paper doesn’t hold up well, I used cardstock or cover stock for the best result. Cardstock holds up to a heavy coat of paint and lots of scratching without tearing.
To make scratch art paper, start by coloring a piece of cardstock with crayon. Color hard so you have nice vivid shades on your paper. I found it easiest to color a piece of cardstock then trim the edges so the color goes all the way to the edge. This is easier for kids too.
Next, mix 2 parts black paint with 1 part dish soap, mix well but not too fast you want to avoid bubbles in your paint.
Using a sponge brush or wide paint brush, apply a thick coat of paint over the crayon. Use even strokes and add a second coat if needed to cover all the color.
Let this dry completely, it will be ready to use after about an hour but I found that if you let it really dry out for 2-3 hours the scratching works better.
Now it’s time to have some fun. Grab a skewer or a tool from a scratch art kit (we have lots of these left over) and start scratching.
My kids and I really enjoy making scratch art. The scratch art paper is so easy to make too! We make a bunch of sheets then have fun creating colorful art when they dry.
Have you tried scratch art before?
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