Crayon art is a childhood favorite for most kids. Here is a great craft for kids that uses wax crayons and poster paint.
We at Kids Activities Blog hope your kids enjoy learning how to scratch art and making some unique colorful creations.
One of my favorite childhood art activities was crayon art, particularly crayon scratch art. I loved creating these beautiful pictures with their bright rainbow colors. The bright colors just seem to pop so brilliantly against the dark black background. I just knew this would be a hit with my son so we gave it a try.
Begin by coloring a blank page with crayons. Cover the entire page and don’t leave any white paper showing. Bright colors work best – you want colors that will stand out against the black paint that will be applied in the next step.
Crayon Wax Art
My son is four and he scribbled bright colors across the page and that worked just fine. Older children however, will be able to create blocks of color such as in the photo above. Blocks of color will create an even more beautiful effect for the final picture.
How To Scratch Art
Next, use a large brush to paint black poster over the entire picture. When I used to do this as a child, I would cover the entire picture with black crayon and that worked great too. If your kids have never done this before, they might find it pretty funny to be painting over their artwork like this, but they’ll be delighted at the next step.
When the black paint has dried completely, start scratching! We used a bamboo skewer. A popsicle stick, chopstick or empty ball point pen would also work. The trick is to find something sharp enough to scratch away the paint, but safe enough for kids to use. So many fun effects can be created, and the rainbow that is revealed as the paint is scratched away is just so beautiful. I think what makes this activity so much fun is the element of surprise. You just never know quite how the picture will turn out until you start scratching away and reveal the surprise underneath!
More Kids Activities
What is your child’s favorite type of crayon art? Wax crayons are so vibrant and easy to use that they make the perfect tool for little artists. For more colorful kids activities, take a look at these great ideas:
- Crayon Art for Preschoolers
- The Artful Parent: How to Scratch Art with Kids
- 20+ Art Ideas with Wax Crayons