How to make scratch art

Scratch art is a fun and creative art form that involves scratching away a top layer of material to reveal a colorful layer underneath. It's a great art project for children and adults alike, and can be a fun way to create colorful images and designs. Here's how to make scratch art:

Materials Needed

  • Black or dark-colored paper
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Toothpicks, styluses, or other pointed tools


  1. Start by coloring a sheet of black or dark-colored paper with crayons or oil pastels. You can use any colors you like, but make sure to color the entire sheet.
  2. Once the paper is completely covered in color, use a toothpick, stylus, or other pointed tool to scratch away the top layer of color. You can scratch away the top layer in any pattern or design you like, but make sure to scratch all the way down to the black paper underneath.
  3. Continue scratching away the top layer of color until you have created the desired image or design.
  4. Once you have finished scratching, you can add additional details or highlights by coloring with a white crayon or pastel.
  5. Your scratch art is now complete and ready to display!

Tips for Making Scratch Art

  • Experiment with different patterns and designs to create unique and interesting images.
  • Try using different color combinations to create different moods and effects.
  • Use a light touch when scratching away the top layer of color to avoid scratching through the black paper.
  • Use a scrap piece of paper underneath your scratch art to catch any loose bits of color or paper.


Scratch art is a fun and creative art project that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. By following these simple steps, you can create your own colorful and unique scratch art images and designs.

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