How to Make a Scratch Art Drawing

by Gretchen Fitzpatrick

How to make a scratch art drawing.


  • Silver or gold scratch paper or boards
  • Scratch pens
  • Picture made black and white
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Scratch tools

    Step 2

    Examples of textures you can make with scratch art tools.

    Step 3

    Choose your tip.

    Step 4

    How to scratch

    Step 5

    Choose a picture, I like animals with fur for scratch art.

    Step 6

    I used a simplified grid method to draw the picture on to paper, then covering the back with white chalk transferred the picture onto the scratch art board.

    Step 7

    I also like to make a black and white copy in order to help me find the dark and light values.

    Step 8

    Here you can see the chalked portions that have not been scratched and the gold portions that have been scratched. The chalk is easy to wipe off one you have finished scratching an area.

    Step 9

    Scratch the lighter areas. This is opposite of what you would do in a drawing.

    Step 10

    Hatching, cross hatching and stippling are techniques you use in scratch art.

    Step 11

    Don't outline, unless you have a hard edged animal, furry animals don't require an outline.

    Step 12

    Follow the hair length of the animal.

    Step 13

    Here is a close up of some different scratching techniques.

    Step 14

    To create different values, vary the distance between scratches.

    Step 15

    Cross hatched white value

    Step 16

    Cross Hatching the ear creates a lighter value.

    Step 17

    Student work, they choose to scratch the dark areas, instead of the light areas. I usually scratch the light areas, opposite of what you would do if you were drawing.

    Step 18


    Step 19

    Drawn Wolf

    Step 20

    scratch art wolf