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How to make scratch art paper with acrylic paint

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Place the sheet of card stock vertically onto a tabletop.

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.

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

Allow the paint to dry completely.

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

Things You'll 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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