Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Scratch Art

I have an Usborne Book called "The Rainy Day Book" which has lots of activities for kids to do on rainy days. Yesterday wasn't rainy, but since Spring has decided to avoid Minnesota all together this year, we stayed in once again due to the cold weather. These are what we made:

What you need:

A blank piece of paper
Wax crayons
Black poster paint
Paintbrush (I used a foam brush)


1. Using a selection of crayons, draw various wide stripes onto the paper. Press down hard on the crayons so that the colors are dark and strong.

2. Using the paint brush, paint over the stripes using black paint. It may take 2 coats of paint to cover completely.

3. Allow the paint to dry completely, about 1-2 hours.

4. When the paint is dry, use the handle of the paintbrush or another sharp object (such as an end of a pen, a toothpick, a popsicle stick, etc.) scratch your design into the paint, to show the wax color underneath. You could leave parts untouched, to add to the stylized effect.

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