Scrape Painting Technique for Kids

“Scrape Painting” with a credit card – kids can use this simple painting technique to create autumn art or a backdrop for a beautiful fall collage.

Looking for a new and interesting art project for kids?  Have you ever tried painting with a credit card?    This simple painting technique for kids is a creative way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colours and colour blending in a new way.  The process is fun, and the results are always beautiful.

Scrape Painting with a credit card - happy hooligans

Whenever we try an abstract painting technique, we like to use our finished work as the canvas for another project.

In the past we’ve done that with our smoosh-painting, and apple stamping projects, and today we turned our finished paintings into Autumn collages.

So what is this simple painting technique for kids?  We call it “Scrape Painting”.  Let’s have a look!

Supplies needed for your scrape painting project:

supplies for painting with a credit card

  • a “canvas” (we used styrofoam produce trays sterilized in the dishwasher)
  • paints in Fall colours
  • expired credit cards/gift cards
  • items from nature
  • glue

Painting with a credit card:

Lightly drizzle and dot your canvas with paint.  Because the scraping process spreads the paint thin, a little goes a long way.  

Now have your child drag a credit card through all of the paint colours.

scrape painting - a simple painting technique for kids

Doesn’t it look amazing?

Colours blended with a credit card

Young children tend to enjoy this paint technique so much that they repeat it over and over and end up blending all of their colours into one. Don’t sweat it.  If they love what they’re doing, roll with it.   The most important thing here, is not what the artwork looks like, but that they’re learning and creating, and having fun.  They can always add a few more drops of paint to get those colours streaking through again, like we’re doing here:

drizzling and scraping paint colours together

 When the hooligans were happy with their work, we left the paintings to dry, and we went for a walk through the neighbourhood to collect items from nature for our our collages.

Autumn collage on srape-painted background

We gathered leaves, seeds, pods, dried blooms and twigs, and back home, the hooligans glued them to their paintings.

Aren’t they lovely?  What do you think?  Will you give this simple painting technique a try with your kids?

Scrape Painting - a simple painting technique for kids is used as a backdrop for a Fall Collage

 Looking for more easy painting techniques for kids?  Check out our:

Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls 

Marbleizing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

Smoosh Painted Fabulous Fall Collage


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  1. Gina says

    That is beautiful and my little boy loves colour mixing and often has to wait until the end of a session so we can do something else first. He will enjoy this a lot.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Gina. Oh he’ll love this technique then! He’ll be so surprised that he doesn’t have to wait before he gets to the good part! :)

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