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.
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.
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.
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!