This is one of my favourite craft activities to do at home and the end result is gorgeous. The first time you try this with the kids they will be amazed at the beautiful and vibrant colours that come through underneath the paint.
I have tried this quite a few times and the best result is given when you scratch the pictures while the paint is still wet. I found that once the paint dries on your cardboard, it is hard to scratch and peel off in pieces. Instead, we scratched ours while the paint was still wet and the result was perfect. My little one is 4 years old and he understood to keep his hand up and out of the wet paint while scratching. Children younger than this might have a little trouble but will enjoy the mess and activity anyway.
All you need:
- Thick cardboard pieces
- Crayons or Oil Pastels
- Paint brush or small roller
- Black paint (I used acrylic paint)
- Old newspaper
- Using the crayons, colour the cardboard. Ensure you cover the entire surface of the cardboard and the crayon is drawn on reasonably thick. Try to use lots of bright and vibrant colours.
- Lay the cardboard on some old newspaper. Paint the entire surface of the cardboard, covering all the lovely colouring work you just did.
- While the paint is still wet, scratch a design onto the black paint using some toothpicks. You might want to work out what design you want to do before you apply the paint.
4. Allow to dry
We have made a birthday card and pictures to send our friends overseas with their names on them. They also make great name plates for the doors of you children’s rooms.
- Artwork for the wall
- Weekend/school holiday activity
- Birthday party craft
- Gift idea
- Bedroom decoration