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Homemade Scratch Art Paper

Posted by  ·  May 10, 2016  ·  Last Updated: May 10, 2016

Scratch Art paper or Scratch Paper is a totally cool paper you can make yourself right at home. No need to buy the scratch paper from the store you can make it!  Your kids will be amazed at how cool you are!

homemade scratch paper

How to make Scratch Paper

First color with crayons really hard all over white heavy weight copy paper or card stock. The colored design should be waxy looking with NO white paper showing. This takes some time but the results are worth the effort!

scratch paper tutorial

Draw a square on the center of the paper, not too big, and then cut it out when they are finished. This makes it easier for little hands to hold and color without destroying the edges. Younger children will also do better with a thicker paper.

homemade scratch art paperAfter paper is colored take black tempera paint and mix in a drop of dish detergent. I would say maybe two tablespoons of paint with a good sized drop (like 1/4 to a scant 1/2 tsp) of regular dish detergent. We used a washable kids paint by Plaid.

DIY scratch paper

Paint your entire page with the paint. Allow to dry.

DIY scratch art paper

When the paper is completely dry (takes about an hour), start scratching away. We used toothpicks. Here are some of our masterpieces.

homemade scratch paper tutorial

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  1. Shane
    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
    hi, Im doin a technique like this for a project. But Ive seen it done in so many ways with the black cover! Ive heard people used india ink, some people used a blackpastel marker, and now you use tempora paint and dish detergent. Is one better than the other? if so which? please help and many thanks.
    • Monday, May 9th, 2016
      We have had great luck with crayons and tempera paint.
  2. Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
    My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!
  3. Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
    The waxy crayon bottom layer keeps the top black layer from sinking in, so it can be carved away. So I am just not sure if markers would work.
  4. Jeanette
    Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
    My head is spinning from all the possibilities for this one!...Children's Church, Sunday School, VBS, and don't forget the Nursing Homes, small group projects, cards, cards, cards. Need I say more? Introduce your friends to scratch art and let them "brain-storm" for a while. Watch out for "hidden talent", it's all around us.
    Bless you for sharing.
  5. Lara
    Sunday, July 1st, 2012
    Can you use acrylic paint instead?
    • Monday, May 9th, 2016
      I am not sure if acrylic paint would work in place of tempera paint. The tempera paint is less plastic than acrylic paint. It would be work trying.
  6. Briana
    Monday, August 8th, 2011
    I tried that with my lil sis. If u don't want to wait two hours don't put detergent in. Although it works much better if u just put detergent in and wait a couple of hours. Ur choice. It's so much fun. If ur a babysitter like me, it's a great activity to do with the kids.
  7. Alex M.
    Friday, May 14th, 2010
    you can also use black crayon insted of paint!
  8. angelina
    Thursday, April 8th, 2010
    This is fun stuff for a rainy day...I just wanted to know if it works the same with different colors?
  9. Rachel
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
    What kind of "dish detergent" do you add? Do you mean hand washing dish soap or powdered dish soap?
  10. brenda
    Saturday, July 18th, 2009
    this is a great site i love all the crafts brenda
  11. brenda
    Saturday, July 18th, 2009
    I think this site is great some of this ideas i never thought of. The kids love doing crafts and they cant wait to do thisa one
  12. Monday, March 23rd, 2009
    Love this, can't wait to try with my granddaughter.
  13. Saturday, January 24th, 2009
    Such a fun idea, can't wait to try this "Little Project!"
  14. sophie
    Monday, November 10th, 2008
    does anyone know anyway to do the black instead of painting because i need it to dry quick
  15. Meg
    Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
    I do this with my autistic students! They love it, and its so easy! :-)
  16. paolo d'amico
    Monday, January 14th, 2008
    vengan a que les chupe la polla y soy muy pero muy gay
  17. Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
    kids are the true expressionists!
  18. Saturday, January 27th, 2007
    great idea, i will use this with my camp fire group. thanks!
  19. Friday, January 26th, 2007
    oh wow! wish we knew of black tempera paint back then! instead of black paint, we used black oil crayon over the coloured bits! that was laborious but the effects were excellent. we were sold.
  20. Friday, January 26th, 2007
    Thank you for reminding me of this. It was one of my favourite activities 35 years ago. K
  21. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    I remember doing this in elementary school! It was so magical when the colors changed in a new area. Thanks for posting this.
  22. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    I've avoided this with my kids because I remember using india ink as the top layer. SO very happy to know we can do this with tempera paint. Thanks! This project is on our to-do list this weekend!!
  23. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    Oh, what a great project! We bought some rather expensive "scratch magic" paper that didn't last long at all because my daughter loved it so much. This will be more fun. Thanks!
  24. Twinkle
    Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    This is cool! I don't have black paint, but I have other colors to do this with. Can't wait!!
  25. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    I just found you through Kiddley and just love this idea! I am always looking forward to creative ways of keeping my almost five year old daughter busy! Thanks for the tutorial.
  26. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    I too remember doing this as a child, though we used black crayon but I can see this being so much easier with paint. Thanks!
  27. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    That looks like a perfect project to try today. Thanks for sharing.
  28. Friday, January 12th, 2007
    Wow this is really great. Perfect for those who are child care providers. I also want to try this for my own card making. Thanks for a great pictorial.
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