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How to Make Scratchboard Art in 5 Easy Steps

How to Make Scratchboard Art in 5 Easy Steps
I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make scratch art boards. I’ve never made my own scratchboards until now because many of the tutorials I’ve found are either time consuming, require a lot of supplies, or just don’t seem to work well. I’m excited because I’ve found a really easy (you only need 3 supplies) and beautiful way to make your own scratch art. This is a great art project to do on your own or with kids. There’s no age limit when it comes to crafty fun.


-Oil Pastel Twisty Stix - I absolutely adore this art supply because these oil pastels are not only vibrant and smooth as can be, but they are perfect to use with kids because the plastic barrel casing helps keep hands clean. -White Cardstock - The heavier weight of cardstock is perfect for this activity so that you don’t scratch a hole into your paper. -Toothpicks


1. Cover your work area with something you can easily throw away, like wax paper. 2. Cut your cardstock. This is the fun part. Get creative. You don’t have to make just square or rectangular boards. My son and I had fun making a rocketship, car, butterfly, and a rainbow. The key is not to make your shapes too large because you’ll need to color in the entire area, and if you’re crafting with kids you’ll want to make sure to keep them interested. 3. Using the Oil Pastel Twisty Stixs, first color the entire cardstock cutout with any color except black. There’s no wrong way to color. We tried stripes, mixed colors, and color blocks. They all looked great and had unique effects. 4. Once your cutout is completely colored, use the black oil pastel and color over the colors, covering the entire cutout. If you want to get creative like my son did, cover just a portion of the cutout in black. 5. Using a toothpick to scratch a design into the areas you covered in black. You can also experiment with other scratchers as well, like forks and skewers. My son and I had so much fun with this scratchboard activity, and we already have more ideas on how to use our Oil Pastel Twisty Stixs. If you want to see what we’re creating, be sure to follow along with us on Instagram at @sam_thrive360living. And for the latest on new art supplies and creative crafts be sure to follow along with OOLY at @weareooly.

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