Scrape Paint Across a Postcard

Both of these postcards, made in September 2020, have acrylic paint scraped across them to create textures or visual interest. What I do is take a plastic scraper (the kind you would buy to use in spackling – they often come in sets of three, in different sizes), put a blob of paint on the art, and scrape across the image.

In this way a layer of paint is laid down. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. I often use a knitting needle or the end of my paintbrush to scribble lines in it.

You can also use the technique as a printing method. Scrape out the paint, scratch or scribble or whatever in it, and then press it to another artwork. The design will be transferred.

As another idea, a scraped-paint background can be made very quickly and then you can draw, collage, or paint on top of it.

Go on, give it a try!

6 thoughts on “Scrape Paint Across a Postcard

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are both absolutely fantastic. I love the mixtures of media and all the wonderful texture in the layers. This possibly reflects the fact that I read so much true crime and crime thrillers but that first one, with the fragments of text and the yellow/black colour scheme, totally made me think of a tangle of crime scene tape.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      You know, I think of yellow and black as the colors of the sign directing us to the fallout shelter in our elementary school. A VERY long time ago that was…

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      That’s right, you have all you need right at hand, and I know there are other options I have not thought of, so it’s really open to the creative brains to go with this kind of thing wherever they want!

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