This art technique crossed my mind as i sat at the PC trying to figure out a creative lesson themed around Guy Fawkes night for my class. It takes me back to my own years at primary, where I remember etching designs on paper I had coloured on with layers of crayon. Although it was a laboursome art technique, it was one that produced a very satisfying end-result.

Years have passed since then and I was pretty certain that I would be able to purchase paper or card of some kind that would produce the same results without all the labour involved in its preparation- I mean, it’s 2016 folks!

Using what terms I could (scratch art, crayon scratching, scratch paper) I tried to locate it on Internet first- just to make sure it actually existed; I then went on to search for it on Amazon, in the hopes I could order and receive it that same week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the card in the A4 size that I’d hoped and resorted to a having to buy it at a miniature A6 size. My class absolutely loved the activity and were not at all fazed by the size. In fact, it made them work more precisely with their itty bitty toothpicks.

I had some left-over card and was excited to try something a little different at home. Here are my henna designs/doodles/floral illustrations- whichever you wish to call them. To etch the designs, I used a clay modelling tool dug up from my art resources. You could use a bbq skewer, a toothpick or a pin.