Make Your Own Scratch Board

I wanted to share a craft that we did for an art project recently for school. How many of you know what a scratch board is? And how many of you have done one? Being an artist, I have done several of these. We had many assignments back in art school on scratch board. 

You can find them everywhere for pretty cheap. But I wanted to make the project with my daughter more fun and have her create her own scratch board, instead of buying one and then using it. 

For those that don't know what scratch boards are, click here for some examples that have been done. Scratch boards are fun because you are using the negative space in an interesting way.



The basics of it is that you scratch away at the back to show the underneath color through. Traditionally, it's silver or white underneath. But I have seen some with gold and multi-colors as well. And by scratching, you create a picture. It's pretty neat.

So here is what we used to create our own....


After you have gathered your materials, you start to color on the illustration board. It can be one solid color, or a variety of colors. As you can see, my daughter decided to create a stripe pattern. Also, make sure you use paper or something underneath to protect the surface you are working on. It can get a bit messy.


Once she was done, it looked like this


Once the coloring is done, cover the illustration board with the India Ink. I did a test before hand to see how to make this work properly. Just use a think coat but make sure it is opaque. I tried doing a really hard coat of ink and it was impossible to scratch off on my test run. So make sure you are using just enough ink to cover the surface.



Let that dry. Once it's dry, then you can go ahead and begin to scratch away a picture or design. Just let your creativity flow. Typically, you would use a scratch board pen but I couldn't find mine {and I have a thousand floating around here somewhere}. So we had to improvise. My daughter first tried to use a nail and scratch the ink with. But she would using a mechanical pencil worked a lot better. So we just rolled with that.



It was fun to see all the different colors start to pop through as she scratched at the dried ink. I reminded her not to scratch through too hard otherwise she would start scratching away the crayon as well.

The final outcome of her drawing looked like this....



So the project was super easy and she had a blast making this. And the best part too is you can make mistakes. It's ok. You can fix them. Wonder how? Just take a little bit of your India ink and make a dab over the oppsie. Let it dry and you are now ready to scratch again.
And no matter what, each piece of art is beautiful. So you can't go wrong! 

Have you tried scratch board before? Have you made your own? Did you use India ink or another way? I know there are a few ways to go about this. But since I had these supplies just laying around, it was the perfect blend.

28 comments

  1. Awww I used to LOVE these as a kid! They were so much fun.

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  2. Aww I remember making these in primary school, I love this. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I used to love making these as a kid! So much fun!

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  4. I remember going these when I was little--they were so much fun! :)

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  5. This is so cute! I used to love things like this!

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  6. What a fun project, I am making note of this the next time I have little visitors!

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  7. Ah! This is much better than the version with just black crayon over the top that we used to do as kids. Noting for the little ones!

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  8. Oh man, talk about bringing back the memories. I remember doing this in grade school - soo long ago! :)

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  9. This is great. I never made these when I was younger, but can definitely start doing it with my little ones. Thanks.

    Thrifting Diva

    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  10. I want to make one of these for myself! This is awesome!

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  11. I used to love doing these as a kid! I totally want to do it again!

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  12. What a fun project for the little ones, I'm definitely going to have to keep this in mind!

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  13. Oh wow I never thought of making these myself. Such a cool idea!

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  14. This is a great idea! I used to love to do this!

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  15. This is REALLY cool. I will be pinning for later! I'm always trying to find different crafts to do with a group of women and children that I work with!

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  16. So cool, never seen this done before! What a great project to add to my list!!

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  17. I remember doing this with foil drawings when I was younger! Such a clever idea to make them yourself!

    Katie <3

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  18. OH these are always fun! We made these often as kids! had forgotten all about them! great share!

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  19. That is awesome! My daughter love crafts like these :-) I'm going to share this on my blog's facebook page today :-)

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  20. Weekends With WinterOct 1, 2014, 5:06:00 PM

    This is such a cute idea! How long did it take for ink to dry?

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  21. I remember doing these as a kid and loved it!! I think we used watered down black paint, but I don't know for sure - I'm going to look for this stuff so I can do it with my son!

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  22. So cool! I never knew how these were made, looks so easy!!

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  23. This is so cool, I use to love doing this when I was a kid and I totally forgot about them. I think I'll need to make one for my daughter!

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  24. How creative and fun..brings back childhood memories. :)

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