DIY Scratch Art Pages

Do you have a kid who loves scratch art?? Did you know you can make your own scratch art pages?? It’s true! Aaaaand it’s a lot cheaper (and more fun!) to make your own!

To make your own scratch art pages, you will need: a kid who LOVES to color, a sheet of card stock paper, oil pastels, and tempera paint. This is a messy project, but totally worth the mess. Invite your child to cover an entire sheet of card stock with the oil pastels. Use lots of colors!!

Next, it’s time for painting! Cover the entire sheet with slightly watered-down tempera paint. It’s more fun if you use a BIG brush!

Allow to dry completely, cut up into smaller pieces (one sheet of card stock can be cut up into 9 smaller sheets for scratch art), then gather any other kids to join you after school for some scratch art fun! Toothpicks work well for gently scratching off the tempera paint to reveal all the brightly colored pastels underneath.

Clara was so proud that she could make these to share with her big sister! They would make fun stocking stuffers, or little party favors for friends too.

Have fun!!


  1. AWESOME!!

  2. I used to make these as a kid with crayons (you have to push down REALLY hard with a black crayon to cover up the colored crayons). I’ll have to give your technique a try!

  3. Dear Valerie,

    I have to say, I’m impressed. That little table isn’t covered with black paint!


  4. Great craft! Will try. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. Fun! My brother did the most awesome ones when he was in art class many, many years ago.

  6. I remember discovering this accidentally as a kid.

  7. I remember doing this as a kid!

    I would absolutely love if you would link this (or any other fun activity) to my kids crafts and activity link party – Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  8. This looks so much easier than the way I learned how to do it–with a black crayon. You’d lose the whole black crayon that way!

  9. Cool craft! Thanks for the idea. Does it have to be tempera paint or can it be regular craft paint (those little bottles at the dollar store)?


    • Valerie L – I don’t have any tempura paint at the moment so I am going to do a little test on a small piece of cardboard with some acrylic paint. I’ll let you know how we go!

      • Just checking back in to say the acrylic paint also works. We used toothpicks as suggested by Valerie and they worked a treat πŸ™‚ Brilliant fun!

  10. Store bought scratch art was a huge hit here when I bought some aaages ago. Can’t wait to try this Valerie.

    • My girls love it too, and we go through sheets of it at a very fast rate around here. Have fun crafting with the kiddos!!


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