Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

August 31, 2009

Scratch Art

© 2009 This project is dedicated to Gurudev.
For use in Balavihar classrooms (or personal use) only.
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This is a very fun project to do, especially with the younger kids — everyone loves scratch art! To make your own scratch art sheets you will need the following:

• Black Tempera Paint
• A few drops of dish detergent
• Picture of God or Goddess (Glossy photos work best)
• Q-tip (or paper towel*)
• Paintbrush
• Paint dish

* If the children are really ambitious "scratchers" then a paper towel might work better than a Q-tip. Too much pressure with the Q-tip can remove parts of the image.

1. Pour some tempera paint into your dish.
2. Add a few drops of dish detergent and mix well.
3. With your paintbrush, paint some broad and even strokes onto a glossy photograph. Cover completely.
4. Let Dry.
5. Take a Q-tip and let the children rub the photograph until the mystery picture is completely revealed.

If you want to make scratch art paper for the children to draw pictures with. You will need the following:

• Good card stock paper
• Wax crayons (colors and black*)
• Toothpick or wooden skewer
* You can also use black tempera paint as outlined above.

1. Color the entire sheet of paper. (It's best if you use lots of bright colors.)
2. Once your sheet is completely colored, take a black crayon and cover the entire paper. It is important that no color shows. You also may have to rub a little harder with the black crayon to make an even, solid coating.
3. Take a toothpick and draw your picture. Have fun with the colors that emerge!