The Scratch Board paint craft.

Scratch Board

If you're tired of paintings on white paper, the Scratch Board paint craft is for you. This paint activity flips the painting process around: You start with a black canvas, not a white one, and you take paint away to create the image.

You can use the Scratch Board to create any image you wish, but big, bold designs work especially well here. Self-portraits, animals, or coins are just a few possibilities.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Card stock or poster board
  • Crayons
  • Black poster paint
  • Dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Tools such as a metal nail file, toothpick, or pointed craft stick (to scratch in the design)

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Color a piece of card stock or poster board with crayons in assorted colors, covering it completely with a thick layer -- color very hard.

Step 3: Mix black poster paint and 2 drops of dish soap together. Paint mixture over the layer of crayon. Let it dry completely.

Step 4: Use a nail file, toothpick, or craft stick to scratch off the paint in a design or a picture, just as if you were drawing a picture on a piece of paper.

See the contrast between dramatic black and bold brights? Your picture practically jumps off the paper.

The next paint craft project shows you how to create a copy of a painting without the help of a copy machine.