Scratch Art

    Posted by  ·  October 27, 2017

    Scratch Art is easy and fun to make.  We had friends over today and we made our own homemade black scratch art paper. I am sure you have seen this cool black paper in the stores. Once the black is scratched away bright colors are revealed.  Making your own homemade version is very simple and we can show you how.

    how to make scratch art paper

    Scratch Art

    First color really hard all over your paper. You can use copy paper or cardstock.I think the thicker the paper the better. It should be waxy looking with NO white showing.

    scratch art scratch-art-step-1.jpg

    If your friends are young you might want to draw a square on the center of the paper, not to big, and then cut it out when they are finished. This allows the edges to be colored and not destroyed.

    Black Scratch Art Paper

    After your paper is colored take black tempera paint (I used a washable kids paint by Plaid that I found at Wal-Mart) 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. Paint your entire page with the paint. The wet paint can cause the paper to warp that is why thicker paper works well for this.  Allow the paint to dry.

    black scratch art paper

    Make sure all of the coloring is covered.


    When the paper is completely dry (takes about an hour), start scratching away. We used toothpicks. You don’t need to scratch too hard, just enough to remove the black paint.

    Here are some of our masterpieces.


    Scratch Art Ideas

    What will you make? Really the ideas are endless and this is always a fun project!

    No time to make your own? I found this scratch art paper on Amazon (affiliate link). You will have hours of fun!

    Kids will also love making this homemade play dough recipe or how to make his gak or borax free slime.

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    1. SimplyPure CBD Oil
      Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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    2. ade meyer
      Friday, August 21st, 2015
      I remember playing in a frame wher you removed oil around reveal colors. You could always change the picture
    3. whitney
      Saturday, January 17th, 2015
      i was just wondering if u can use bright markers to color the page with?
      • Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
        Whitney, do you mean underneath? I would try a sample. 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. Let me know if it works!
    4. Monday, July 28th, 2014
      My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!
    5. bobbyboo
      Monday, February 18th, 2013
      my oh my oh my
    6. 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.
    7. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
      get over here to know Maureen Finucane and Pastel artist.
    8. Lara
      Sunday, July 1st, 2012
      Can you use acrylic paint instead?
    9. Monday, May 7th, 2012
      youu need to putt moree ideas but all the ideas that you have are great
    10. Shane
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      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.
    11. 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.
    12. Alex M.
      Friday, May 14th, 2010
      you can also use black crayon insted of paint!
    13. 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?
    14. Rachel
      Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
      What kind of "dish detergent" do you add? Do you mean hand washing dish soap or powdered dish soap?
    15. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
      Great post. I've been looking for this exact information for a while now. Bookmarked!
    16. Saturday, July 18th, 2009
      this is a great site i love all the crafts brenda
    17. 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
    18. yodog
      Monday, May 4th, 2009
      all i have ever wanted for art is here i cant wait to try this out for the fair
    19. yodog
      Monday, May 4th, 2009
      This is awsome
    20. Monday, March 23rd, 2009
      Love this, can't wait to try with my granddaughter.
    21. Saturday, January 24th, 2009
      Such a fun idea, can't wait to try this "Little Project!"
    22. sophie
      Monday, November 10th, 2008
      does anyone know anyway to do the black instead of painting because i need it to dry quick
    23. Meg
      Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
      I do this with my autistic students! They love it, and its so easy! :-)
    24. paolo d'amico
      Monday, January 14th, 2008
      vengan a que les chupe la polla y soy muy pero muy gay
    25. Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
      kids are the true expressionists!
    26. Saturday, January 27th, 2007
      great idea, i will use this with my camp fire group. thanks!
    27. Saturday, January 27th, 2007
      Great tips, will test it soon with my children :)
    28. 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.
    29. Friday, January 26th, 2007
      Thank you for reminding me of this. It was one of my favourite activities 35 years ago. K
    30. Friday, January 26th, 2007
      wow! just great.. it's always a dream of popular artists to remain "thinking as a child". its the most creative minset. a mindset without inhibitions..

      want to test your inhibitions? look at my site for some blood-stained sanitary napkin collage art..
    31. 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.
    32. 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!!
    33. 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!
    34. 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!!
    35. 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.
    36. 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!
    37. Thursday, January 25th, 2007
      That looks like a perfect project to try today. Thanks for sharing.
    38. 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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