DIY Scratch Art

This colourful scratch art paper is easy to make at home. Kids will love this fun art technique!DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

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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!DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

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!).DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

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.DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

I gave all the cards a second layer of paint as some of the color wasn’t –  um- completely covered by my son. 🙂 The next day we used toothpicks to scratch designs into the paint layer.

F made random scratches in the card that he had coloured, then used mine to make a fireworks picture and then the yellow one to make stars. DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

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!DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

Here our our six finished designs. Fireworks, rainbow, hearts, random, spirals and stars.

DIY Scratch Art - a fun art technique for kids

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