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I have seen a lot of posts about making DIY scratch art paper, and it has been on my to do list for a long time. But I never got around to it, probably because it involves pulling out my paints, which always make a mess and involve a lot of clean up.
But then I discovered I could use Kwikstix Thin Stix solid tempera paints to make DIY scratch art paper without any of the mess normally involved in painting. And let me tell you, I was THRILLED with this discovery!
I made several sheets of scratch art paper and my kids and I used them to create some beautiful snowflake scratch art for winter.
Note: For more fun and educational winter activities, see my Winter Activities for Kids page.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Pencil Grip, maker of Kwik Stix and Thin Stix. I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.
About Thin Stix paints
Kwikstix Thin Stix are solid tempera paints. This means they go on like a thick crayon but give the look of tempera paint. Given that they also dry super fast – in about 90 seconds – Kwikstix Thin Stix paints are virtually mess free. I never have to think twice about pulling out our Thin Stix (which is definitely not the case with our regular tempera paints).
As an added bonus for kids with allergies, Thin Stix are egg, peanut, gluten, dairy, and soy free.
How to make Snowflake Scratch Art
To make snowflake scratch art, you will need the following materials:
- Thin Stix – a variety of colors plus black
- Cardstock – the thicker the better
- Paper clip, coin, or other sharp point for scratching
- Optional: Scissors to cut your cardstock into smaller sizes
The first step is to use a variety of Thin Stix colors to fill your entire piece of cardstock with paint. Be sure to cover every inch; it is important not to leave any blank spots.
You can add color in any design you wish. For example, you can make stripes.
You can also do colored splotches.
Let the paint dry. Fortunately, with Thin Stix this will only take about 90 seconds.
Once the paint is dry, use your black Thin Stix to completely paint over the colored layer you just applied.
Once the entire piece of cardstock has been painted over with black, gather objects your kids can use to scratch off the paint. Paperclips and coins are good options. A pin puncher could also work for children old enough to use it safely.
Then use your chosen material to draw lines in the black layer, revealing the colors underneath.
We used a 30-60-90 triangle to get perfect angles on our six-sided snowflake (making this a math lesson as well as an art project).
This blue and silver snowflake reminds me of a cold winter day.
But this colorful snowflake is beautiful as well.
There’s no limit to the beautiful snowflakes you can create with this snowflake scratch art project. And with Thin Stix, making your own scratch art paper is both simple and mess-free.
What else you can do with Thin Stix? See more on Instagram by following @KwikStixPaints.
More winter learning resources
More posts about snowflakes from Gift of Curiosity:
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Open ended snowflake craft
- Learning about snowflakes
- Puffy paint snowman
- Plastic bottle snowman
- Winter printables pack
- Winter gross motor movement game