How to make scratch art paper with acrylic paint

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How to make scratch art paper with acrylic paint
You can make a scratch art sheet from acrylic paint. (paint brushes image by Horticulture from

Scratch art refers to a particular type of art where you scrape a tool across a sheet of black paper to reveal a colourful layer underneath. Using this method, drawings can be etched into the paper, making the picture look like a wood carving or a metal engraving. You can make your own handmade scratch art paper using art materials easily found at craft supply shops.

Things you need

  • Card stock, 22.5 cm (9 inches) high by 30 cm (12 inches) long
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Coloured wax crayons

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  1. 1

    Place the sheet of card stock vertically onto a tabletop.

  2. 2

    Cover the surface of the card stock with colourful wax crayons. Draw a design onto the surface, or simply colour in the area abstractly. Use firm pressure so that the crayon is thick on the entire surface.

  3. 3

    Paint the surface of the card stock with black acrylic paint. Use long, even brush strokes so the paint doesn't collect into pools.

  4. 4

    Allow the paint to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Use tools to scrape off the paint and reveal the crayon below. Use tools such as nails, pencil tips or toothpicks.

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