It’s totally easy to DIY scratchboard, so let’s get down to it.
- 1/4 cup black tempera paint
- 1/4 cup dish soap
That’s it! Mix it up and paint it on some heavyweight paper, like watercolor paper. Let the first coat dry and then slather on the second coat. I really do mean slather, too. It looks weird when you first paint it on, like it doesn’t completely cover everything. This is why you do 2 coats, and it helps if you use a wide, soft-bristled brush.
You can leave your paper white underneath, or fancy it up by covering it with oil pastels before you paint the black on.
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There are, of course, tons of different tools you can use to draw/scratch with, and you really don’t need to buy anything new- you probably have a myriad of tools in your home already.
1. Forks can give you nice, evenly spaced lines all over the place.
2. Use a spoon tip to sort of gouge little bits out of the paint.
3. Is that a regular old pencil? Yep, just draw on the paint to scratch it.
4. The short edge of a metal ruler makes some cool tribal-looking marks if you gently wedge it into the paper.
5. Corn holders have fine points for fine lines.
6. It’s the spoon again- use the edge of the spoon for fatter lines.
Here’s Fen’s final product; she decided to leave the background white. This is one happy looking polar bear, don’t you agree?