The holidays are a ton of fun--from yummy food to beautifully wrapped presents, from visiting family to playing with brand new toys--but, after a while, the most wonderful time of year can get a little, well, boring...especially for kids. After all, only so much Minecraft can be played in one day! So, to alleviate a bit of the same-stuff-different-day-boredom for my son, we created Scratch Art!
If you aren't familiar with Scratch Art, the directions can be found below. Basically, though, it's a fun, colorful way to create unique works of art. Creating Scratch Art lets kids be a little messy and whole lot creative! Check out our cute works of Scratch Art:
How To: Scratch Art
To create your own scratch art, you will need the following supplies:
Black Tempera Paint
Tag Board or Card Stock
Now that you have all your supplies, you're ready to get started:
1. Tape your paper to a table or other hard surface (Remember: Put the masking tape on your clothing before taping it to your paper. This will make the tape less sticky and--hopefully--keep it from tearing your paper when you pull it off). Taping your paper first will give you a nice, finished border AND make it easier to complete your scratch art.
2. Completely cover your paper with crayon. Press really hard and make sure to cover the entire area with any colors you enjoy!
3. Mix one part black tempera paint and one part laundry detergent in a cup. Using the paintbrush, paint your colored paper with the mixture. It may take two or even three light coats to fully cover your crayon.
4. Let your paper dry.
5. Peel off the tape, and use the paper clips to create your own masterpiece!
Show me your work of Scratch Art in the Comments, and
Hi there! I'm Lindsay, a high school art teacher and part-time pottery instructor. In my life-before-teaching, I was a full-time studio potter with a passion for sharing my love of art--which is exactly how I transitioned from artist to art teacher! I still enjoy creating my own artwork, though, and you can find it all right here. Or, you can head on over to my Teaching Website and learn more about my life as a high school art teacher.