Scratch Art with Muddy Waters
After reading this gorgeous book, I wanted to do two things: listen to some Muddy Waters and find a way to imitate Evan Turk's vibrantly electric illustrations.
Turk's lines of color slashed through black reminded me of classic scratch art. We've never tried making our own, but I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to experiment!
- Oil pastels
- Sturdy paper or card stock (we used watercolor paper)
- Masking tape
- Black tempera paint
- Dish soap
- Foam brush or roller
- Qtips, toothpicks, or other "scratching" tools
1. Turn up the music
2. Cut paper to size and tape to work surface. This provides stability while coloring, and it will give a nice white border to your finished product.
3. Let your kids go to town with oil pastels! They can make designs, blocks of color, or pictures. Just encourage them to press down and cover the whole area.
4. Mix black paint with just a few drops of dish soap. This will help cover the oil pastels... because... science?
5. Using a foam brush or roller, cover the entire surface with black paint.
6. Here's where you have a choice. You can wait for the black paint to dry, or you can scratch it while wet. Big brother wanted to wait. Little sister isn't so much into the whole waiting thing.
The finished masterpieces...