It’s totally easy to DIY scratchboard, so let’s get down to it.
- 1/4 cup black tempera paint
- 1/4 cup dish soap
That’s it! Mix it up and paint it on some heavyweight paper, like watercolor paper. Let the first coat dry and then slather on the second coat. I really do mean slather, too. It looks weird when you first paint it on, like it doesn’t completely cover everything. This is why you do 2 coats, and it helps if you use a wide, soft-bristled brush.
You can leave your paper white underneath, or fancy it up by covering it with oil pastels.
There are, of course, tons of different tools you can use to draw/scratch with, and you really don’t need to buy anything new- you probably have a myriad of tools in your home already.
1. Forks can give you nice, evenly spaced lines all over the place.
2. Use a spoon tip to sort of gouge little bits out of the paint.
3. Is that a regular old pencil? Yep, just draw on the paint to scratch it.
4. The short edge of a metal ruler makes some cool tribal-looking marks if you gently wedge it into the paper.
5. Corn holders have fine points for fine lines.
6. It’s the spoon again- use the edge of the spoon for fatter lines.
Here’s Fen’s final product; she decided to leave the background white. This is one happy looking polar bear, don’t you agree?