Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2nd grade - Scratch Art

Last week the second grade students learned how to create their own scratch art panels! This is something they can now do at home any time they feel a little creative. The process is simple and really only requires crayons on a stiff piece of paper (or card stock).

First, use bright colored crayons* to completely coat the paper with a layer of wax. There should be no paper left uncolored.

Second**, using a black crayon, completely cover everything over with a thick layer so that none of the bright colors are showing anymore.

Third, use a toothpick or other pointy object to scratch into the black crayon. The bright under layer of color will magically shine through!

*Oil pastels can be used instead of crayons.
**In class, we painted a layer of black tempera instead of coloring with crayon, but since most people don't have tempera paint at home you can use black crayon instead. The effect is the same.
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