Ciao! My name is Morena Hockley and I am the crafty mind behind the tutorials at Morena’s Corner. I love to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! I am a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps me maintain my sanity. In a past life I was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. I miss teaching, so my blog is in a sense my virtual classroom. I hope you’ll swing by to check out my corner! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
Today I'm thrilled to show you how to make your own scratch paper and scratch books. This was a favorite project when I was in the classroom, but I used to have the students color their own paper with crayons. That was time consuming, so I found a way to make it faster and recycle at the same time.
You will need:
Black Tempera Paint: 1/3 cup
Dishwashing soap: 1 tsp
Glossy colorful paper
I found that board books and the covers from paper back books work really well with this project. Catalog covers and junk mail are good, too, as long as the paper is sturdy and glossy, like a calendar page. I didn't have any spare calendars to use, but I will be saving them in January to use for this project!
Mix the soap into the paint, and cover the entire page with paint.
(My kids loved this and thought it was hilarious to paint over faces!)
They painted one thick layer of paint and let it dry.
I did two layers on mine, but the project worked either way (my way blocked out more of the color underneath, but the kids didn't seem to care!)
After the paint has dried, the kids are free to scratch away and reveal the bright colors underneath!
I used a stylus, but my children preferred using sandwich toothpicks, and even small sticks from the yard. Some of them drew pictures and designs, while others just wanted to reveal the picture underneath. Either way, it kept everyone (even my one year old!) entertained for a long time.
I hope you enjoyed my fast, frugal, and fabulous tutorial, and that you'll stop by my corner to see my other projects! Some of my popular recent posts include slime making, DIY carnival games, and making glass look like pewter. I hope you'll take a time out in Morena's Corner!
Check out some of Morena’s other great projects at Morena’s Corner:
Tiny Spool Card Holders
Washi Tape Treat Box
Art Supply Caddy