This is the book that she has. Such a great book! It reminded me of how we used to make our own crayon scratch paper.
So we made some of our own. We colored lots of colors on a white piece of paper.
Then, cover the colored crayons with a hard/dark layer of black crayon. Then, scratch off the black layer using a scratching tool.
I used a paper clip, embossing tool, and the wooden tool that came with my daughter’s book. I’d have to say that the thicker the end of the tool, the better. A plastic or wood would probably be best, as well.
The kids had fun, but I wanted a better layer of crayon on top so I did an experiment.
I colored up a new paper with some square swatches.
Then, I melted some crayons in a metal tin. At first I melted them in the oven and then tried painting with them. They cooled way too fast this way. So, I brought out a large skillet and put it on the stove. I left it on low to keep the crayons melted. You can see that I painted with QTips. I would imagine the crayon would ruin any paint brushes.
I tried different color layers then just black, too!
This technique does kind of work. Really you could just omit the colored layer beneath because the top layer of crayon melted the bottom layer. I was worried about that happening, and it did. Also, you really want your crayon liquid kind of hot to be able to put a thinner layer of crayon on top. Some of my squares were too thick and then it was hard to scratch into.
So I’m not satisfied with the results. It worked if you didn’t want color underneath. I’m thinking that doing this on scrapbook paper might work better because then there would automatically be color underneath that wouldn’t melt into the top layer.
It was fun, nonetheless!
Does anyone have any ideas? I’d love to be able to make my own that looks closer to the kind of paper you can buy at the store.