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DIY Scratchboard Art Project

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It’s totally easy to DIY scratchboard, so let’s get down to it.


DIY scratchboard - it's incredibly easy to do •


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.

streaky paint
Yep, this is what it looks like after the first coat.

You can leave your paper white underneath, or fancy it up by covering it with oil pastels before you paint the black on.

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.


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Tool Ideas

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?

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What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Thanks for this post! If you want to leave it white underneath, do you have to use white crayon over the whole paper before covering it in black? Or did you just paint the black/soap mixture directly into the white watercolour paper? Thanks so much!

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