How to Make Your Own Scratch Art

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About: Janine Halloran, LMHC and Mom of 2 is the founder of Encourage Play. There you will find practical resources and simple & easy play ideas to help kids learn social skills through play.

You've probably seen scratch art kits in stores. Did you know you can make your own with a few simple items you have at home?

Step 1: Step 1: Gather the Materials Needed

Materials Needed:

  • cardstock
  • crayons
  • black tempera paint and paintbrush
  • toothpick, chopstick or small wooden dowel

Step 2: Use a Crayon and Make a Pattern

Take the cardstock and make a pattern using a black crayon. You can make a grid, or waves or make big swirls (my favorite way).

Step 3: Step 3: Color in Your Pattern

Once you've made your pattern, then you have to color it in. Color in every block using different colors.

Step 4: Step 4: Paint Over Your Pattern

Once the whole picture has been colored in, then cover the paper in black tempera paint. It may take more than one layer to completely cover it up. None of the original colors should be visible.

Step 5: Step 5: Scratch Out Your Drawing

After it’s dry, take a chopstick, toothpick or wooden dowel and create a picture by scratching off the layer of tempera paint. Underneath, you’ll see the colors you originally created. Try it today!

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