Paint scrape art doesn’t take much in the way of materials. This process can be as basic or sophisticated as you want it to. That means that anyone from toddlers to adults can take part in this fun process art activity.
My kids love to collect old hotel room key cards, used up gift cards, expired AAA cards, and the like. Honestly, I’m not sure they ever use them beyond a few minutes of pretend “store” play. When it came time for this project I knew we had a stack of credit cards that could be used!
What you need…
The only materials required for this paint scrape project are paint, plenty of paper, and old credit cards. I like to use this craft acrylic paint because it’s inexpensive and comes in a huge variety of awesome colors. It’s not washable though, so you have to know your kids. If being washable is a top priority this washable tempera might be more up your alley!
When picking out paint the most important thing is it needs to be of the consistency to “drizzle.” Don’t ask me how I know this but super old acrylic paint can separate. When you attempt an artful drizzle instead a blob of oily residue pops out. Blah.
Good paint is necessary.
Here’s the fun part; the part that kids will love doing if you’re brave enough to let them. Hehe. To start with you just need to squeeze a variety of paint out. Fun colors, patterns, whatever your people like. There is no right way here. Paint scrape art is fun like that.
Scrape that paint…
Once you have drizzled paint to your heart’s content now it’s time to scrape. Make sure you have plenty of scrap paper or newspaper under your art work. Take a credit card and scrape from top to bottom in one smooth motion. It seems like the colors would get muddy and mix up but they really don’t. Instead they leave behind bright, clear paths of color.
There will be piles of paint left over. (Let me know if you come up with some fun ways to use that excess paint! I hate throwing anything away!)
Just the beginning….
We did our scrape painting on blank notecards. Handmade notecards tend to turn into handwritten notes here at our house. We like these blank notecards because they are heavy-ish in weight and smooth. We’re a homeschool family so projects like this are perfect for encouraging letter writing and keeping those writing skills sharp during the summer.
The next sunny day we’re heading out to do this project in a large scale on rolls of paper. I’ll keep you posted!
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