My kids love scratch art paper but it’s so expensive and you only get a few sheets. Well I’ve just discovered that you can make your own scratch art paper and I’m excited!

What you’ll need:

  • Oil pastels (or crayons)
  • Tempura paint – black
  • Dish liquid
  • Paper
  • Skewer


  1. Colour in your paper using a variety of coloured pastels in any design you wish.
  2. Combine a small amount of paint with a small squeeze of dish liquid.
  3. Paint over the top of your oil pastel design and leave to dry.
  4. Add a second layer of paint and leave to dry again.
  5. Your paper is ready to use, scratch your design into the paper.

I think scratch art looks amazing and we’ll definitely be doing more in my house now I know how to make our own scratch art paper.

Watch the YouTube video for visual instructions:

Have you tried scratch art with the kids?

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  • WOW these look amazing and lots of fun


  • Would this work with just your basic poster paint instead of Tempera paint?


  • We have all made this as kids, so much better then the shop bought ones


  • Such fascinating art, wonderful.


  • I’ve just re-discovered the joy of scratch art. Will have to give this a try!


  • No I haven’t but it looks great!


  • Love it – thankyou!


  • Brilliant idea and perfect for school holidays!


  • fantastic idea!


  • Fantastic. What a much cheaper way to do it. Well done!


  • Such fun to do.


  • Scratch art is heaps of fun and such a great holiday activity.


  • I used to love doing this in school


  • Very pretty ! My kids love to do this too :)
    Did you know you can make homemade tempera paint yourself by mixing egg yolks with food colouring ?

    • I remember these when I was at school.
      Instead of Tempera paint, can you just use black poster paint?


  • I’ve never seen or heard of scratch paper. It looks great.


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