Saturday, June 16, 2012

Scratch Art

Art I Project

Students demonstrated their knowledge of how to create texture through the use of hatching, crosshatching, and stippling and a scratch art project.


  • Pre-made  scratch art paper. Some scratch art paper only requires the use of wooden styluses and some require you to use a metal scratching tool. We used the softer paper. Word of warning, if the paper is shiny then it is probably a lot harder to scratch.
  • Wooden styluses for scratching 
  • Photo sources. I checked out a bunch of animal books from the school library and let the students find animals that they liked. 
  1. First, students must find their own photo source. I had the kids spend part of a class selecting their photos from library books. After that I photocopied everyone's individual photo and gave them the photocopy the next day.
  2. Some student chose to draw their animals out on printer paper first and then transfer it over to the scratch art paper. Others preferred to just jump right into it my lighly drawing their animal in pencil on their scratch paper.
  3. Next students used the wooden styluses to scratch the black ink off their paper to reveal the colors underneath. 

My example 

Student Examples


  1. Wow these are really impressive. Is there anyway of making scratch paper other than the coloured crayon with black crayon over it? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the question! I've seen methods where they start with colored crayons on the paper and then cover it with tempera paint. It seems to works pretty well.

      The easiest and more consistent thing to do is to just buy scratch paper from a craft store or off the internet. I bought the paper we used at There are many different grades and quality of paper if you choose to buy it. You can also buy something called scratch board if you want to get fancy with it. :)

  2. Hello! I love the results you got from this project. I was thinking of attempting something similar with my students but could you tell me what age or grade level students made these? Thank you.

    1. Thanks! The examples I have pictured on here were 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. I do this project every year with Art 1 students, and my Art 1 classes are a mixture of 9th through 12th grade.