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My son has just finished seven weeks of summer camp, and a few times a week he’s been having art and craft sessions. The other day he came home with a scratch art star that they’d been working on – he was really proud of it. The next day I realised that all had gone quiet for a while, and I discovered him making his own scratch art. He’d done a layer of coloured crayons, covered it in black crayon, and even put a wooden chopstick in a pencil sharpener (who knew you could do that?!?) to start scratching off the black layer!
It was very cute but not very effective, so I decided that we should try this properly. To make this art project we used:
- White card cut in half
- Oil pastels or crayons
- Black acrylic paint and foam brush
- Toothpick, wooden skewer or similar
I’d had a box of oil pastels sitting in a drawer for a while, and thought we could use those. They blend better than crayons and seem to be easier for covering the whole piece of card. F was happy to do only one design, using just red, orange, and greens.
He asked me to do the rest and I was happy to oblige! I made a multi-colour one, a rainbow one, a blue/green one, a red/pink one (for hearts!) and a mostly-white one with patches of yellow (for a star picture!).
Then we covered each card in black paint (I tried tempera paint but wasn’t happy with the coverage, so we switched to Apple Barrel Jet Black instead.
The stars weren’t actually successful – the black paint couldn’t be scratched off the areas that weren’t covered in the oil pastels, so make sure you fill the WHOLE card with colour. Meanwhile, I tried out a more intricate design!
Here our our six finished designs. Fireworks, rainbow, hearts, random, spirals and stars.
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