24 March 2011

diy scratch art

Sweetpea ordered a package of pink glitter scratch art from her latest school book order. (It was similar to this.) She loves this stuff. Can't get enough. She made me a lovely picture (several, actually) and as I was looking at it, I realized that it was just holographic card stock with a black layer of. . . well, it looked like paint.

So I said to her, "Let's do an experiment. Let's find some of this sparkly holographic paper. We'll paint half of it with brushed on acrylic paint and spray the other half with spray paint, and see if we can make our own scratch art."

She loved the idea, of course.

Finding the holographic paper was the hardest part. Both my regular craft stores had rough glitter paper, but nothing smooth. It has to be smooth. I finally found this at JoAnn's for 99cents.
I thought I had black spray paint, but I didn't. Just brown. Mom fail.

I cut the paper in half and let her paint on the black craft paint. It should be completely covered.


I did the spray painting.

I'll skip the suspense and let you know now that the spray paint did not work. It was too thin, and didn't scratch off well. Perhaps it would have worked with multiple coats, but I doubt it. I really think the thick viscosity of the acrylic craft paint is the key to good scratching here.

After it was dry, I cut the black into four small pieces and gave them to the kids.

Sweetpea had a designated scratching stick from her previous purchase. For Little Mister, I took a rounded toothpick and sanded the tip a little bit so it wasn't too sharp.


They had a blast! Little Mister didn't like the mess of the black paint that scratched off, but he got over it. It was a fun afternoon activity, but they went through the paper very quickly. Next time I'll buy more sheets and make a big batch. Super fun. :)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I wonder (although it would add an extra step and materials) if you had paper you really liked that wasn't thick or smooth enough, if you could cover it with clear contact paper first, and then put the paint on top...

Marisa said...

Anon, I think that would probably work. You might do a "test scratch" on the contact paper itself first, to make sure it doesn't rip. That would be my only concern. Great idea!

ladykay said...

I remember doing something similar, back in the dark ages, when I was a kid. Instead of starting with pretty paper though, we uses crayons to cover a regular piece of paper with various colored "designs." Then we covered with the black and scratched our pictures in it.

Marisa said...

ladykay, I hear that's a pretty common method. We'll have to try that next time! Thanks!

Adrian said...
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Adrian said...

hat aerosole outdoor paint is incredibly toxic.. probably not a great idea for the kids. Compare to the shrinkwrapped art kits.

Marisa said...

Yes, most paint is pretty toxic. That's why I did the spray painting, outside. And my kids are old enough that they don't put painted items in their mouths. I wouldn't suggest this project for anyone under age 3.

Leah said...

Great idea - my son is 3 and recently was given a scratch art book, which he loves - so I can tell I will need more scratch paper at some point in the not-too-distant future. This way looks a lot faster than the crayon method.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for posting this. :)

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