Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How to Create Your Own Scratch Art

My daughter came home the other day from school with one of those pre-made scratch art papers. If you don't know what I'm talking about you can check them out here at  Usually the top layer is black and you scratch through other layers to create a drawing of your choice. I think they are really cool and the colors are brighter, but I wanted to show her that you could create your own with a few materials that most artsy craftsy people like me usually already have at home! Keep reading to find out how to create your own scratch art.

To create your own scratch art you'll need:

Thicker paper/tagboard/scrap matte board/scrap book paper (either one)
crayons (not washable kind)
neon crayons have fabulous results
paint brush
black tempera paint
dish liquid
scratch tool: sticks/skewer stick/ popsicle stick/old pencils

First, color fairly heavily with crayons on  a piece of white cardboard....I used scrap matte board. Color with many colors or just a few.

Then take some black tempera (or poster pant) mixed with a drop or two of dish liquid (to make it stick and scrape off better).

And paint it over your crayon  coloring. Let dry.

Then,  start scratching through to create your drawing or doodle or whatever you choose.

Here are some of our results: "Flower People", by C.

C holding grapes.

My flowers, hearts, and spirals.

The whole collection.

I don't know if I convinced my daughter that these DIY Scratch arts were better than the ready made kind,  but I wanted her to be aware of the process.  I do think she enjoyed the process!  Those commercial scratch art kits are really cool so I don't blame her.

What Do You Think?


  1. Super cool!!!! I can't wait to make some for my kiddos!

  2. Love it! As a child, I did a very similar thing. I used to color the paper with lots of different colors, then color over it very dark with black crayon. Time intensive, but I loved it. I think yours will come out even better. Can't wait to try it with my kids!

    1. Thanks. Your right Danielle, you can do it with black crayon over colored crayons too. It is time intensive, but some kids do love it still. Hope you r kids enjoy it.

  3. We buy these scratch cards from Target its 4 for $1! Have tried making our own, but putti thought coloring the whole card with crayons was a lot of work! maybe we should try again sometime...

    1. What a great deal Roopa. Thanks for the information. It is a lot of work to color so we worked fairly small. Yes, and C does love the ready made scratch art paper too so I totally understand. I think it would be great tory it a agin with Putti.

  4. This looks really fun and the results are so gorgeous. I'm sure we'll try. As Roopa said above, colouring the base might look like hard work to kids but a smaller base to start with might do the trick.
    Love the pics.

    1. Thanks Rashmie. Smaller papers definitely make it more doable. Can't wait to see your take on it.

  5. I love this! I had honestly never pondered the process of the pre-made scratch art pieces before. I'm not sure why, but I am so glad to now know and understand how they work. When Rosie is just a little older, I will enjoy the process of teaching her :)

    1. Thanks. Yes , there was a time before pre-made scratch art. I think the process is valuable to know and it can be much more personalized.

  6. Wow that is amazing! Going to give that a try!

  7. I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

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