Welcome to my very first weekly craft blog post! Today’s project is from a book of Mandalas. I found this book at Michael’s for around $16. As far as I know, they won’t allow coupons on the sale of books, because their retailer doesn’t give permission. I found it slightly cheaper online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon for $13. There are 36 beautiful scratch off designs, of all different colors. A pointy wooden tool is included. Some pages are more challenging than others. If you want to start with an easy Mandala, choose one with thicker lines, rather than really thin hair lines. Beware: Use caution with this project. Finger nails can easily scrape the surface, revealing unwanted color. I used a sheet of paper under the palm of my hand to help with this. I still managed to nick a few spots here and there. When wiping away black specs from scratching, flatten your hand and gently sweep across. Instead of following the precise detailing, make it your own! When I first started scratching I loved it, but realized about a quarter through, there was too much of the black showing. I wanted more of the pretty colors so I filled in several areas.
I’m glad I took the risk. Here is my finished piece:
If you want to really get creative, make your own paper. All you need is white card stock, crayons or oil pastels and black paint. My Mommy Style tutorial shows the step by step process to making your own scratch art.
I hope you join me next week for another fun craft project. Enjoy the week ahead and smile!