Scratchboards are fun to use and easy to make. This is a basic version using nothing more than a box of crayons, paper and a pencil. What’s better, if you make a mistake in your drawing, you can “erase” it!
To get started you will need:
plain white paper
newsprint or brown paper to protect work surface
1. Protect your work surface.
If you don’t have a designated art table, protect your surface with some newsprint or brown paper. You could also use a smooth placemat with a hard surface that can be easily cleaned when crayon marks go astray.
2. Make stripes of color.
Use your crayons to cover the paper with colorful stripes. Choose a color palette. You could create a rainbow of stripes or work with just warm (yellow, orange, red) colors for high contrast. You are the artist, you decide. You will want to press hard and cover all the white spaces.
3. Cover the entire surface with black crayon.
Pressing hard with your black crayon, cover the entire surface of your paper so the colors are barely if at all visible. Your crayon may break from the pressure, that’s okay, keep going. If you are doing a large piece , you may run out of black, so mix it up with some navy blue.
4. Doodle, draw, illustrate!
Your scratchboard is ready for your ideas. Use a dull pencil to scratch the surface and reveal the lovely colors below the black. If you make a mistake, cover it up with more black crayon.
Once finished, frame your creation, add it to the growing collection on the fridge or paste it into your journal as an illustration to your latest poem.
* * * This post is by IF Kids Contributor Lindsay Obermeyer. Lindsay is an artist, designer and author with a passion for textiles, color and chocolate. She views her role as artist to be synonymous with that of an educator and as such has always included teaching as part of her art practice. She’s never sure who learns more, her or her students.