Friday, October 30, 2009

Homemade Color Scratch Paper

Sarah learned how to do this at last week's poetry class. One of the mom's was preparing an art project for another class and Sarah was so intrigued she wrote her poem about what she saw. After class she asked the mom what she was doing and learned how to make this really cool paper.

  • white cardstock
  • crayons or oil pastels
  • black tempera paint
  • castile soap
  • paintbrush
  • pointed object - tooth pick, knitting needle, sharpened dowel

Step One

One the cardstock, use the crayons or oil pastels to cover the entire paper with random shapes of color. The smaller the patches of color the more

Second Step

Mix black tempera paint with castile soap - about a 4:1 ratio (you are putting just enough castile soap to break the paint so that when scratched off it doesn't flake) Let the paint mixture dry completely.

Now the fun part

With your scratching tool make your design. Sarah scratched in the poem she had written and decorated the boarder with art supplies.

I can tell you we will be making these again. Hope you all get a chance to give it a try. I think if you did smaller pieces (or cut a 12x12 paper into four pieces), tied them with a piece of raffia, and included a sharpened dowel this would make a really cool gift or party favor.


  1. very funky! thank you for sharing.

  2. Clever!! My kids loved this when they were young. I think it would so cool to actually make this WITH grandchildren, THEN let them do the scratching. THANKS!!


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