Paint Scraping Techniques

Welcome to Background Noise Challenge #3!

The Paint Scraping Technique involves using a plastic credit card as a paint scraping tool which allows you to scrape various colours of acrylic paint across your card stock to create unique colour blends and textures.

Its like being an artist without having to try too hard!

This is one of my favourite backgrounds to make, its so easy and the best part about these backgrounds is that you have no control on how they are going to look! Who would have thought you could have this much fun with paint!

You can achieve many different looks and effects with the paint scraping technique, the best thing about it is that no 2 backgrounds will ever be the same – even if you use the same colour combos!

As you learn to play and explore with this technique you will discover your own style and favourite way of controlling the paint, but to get you started Im going to tell you about my 2 favourite paint scraping techniques.

Supply List:

  • Acrylic Paints – any colours you like! El cheapo brands like Anitas, Plaid and Decoart.
  • Credit Card
  • White Card Stock


Technique 1: Rainbow Scraping

Rainbow scraping creates stunning drop dead gorgeous background effects! Its one of my favourites out of all background techniques.

1. Take a piece of scrap paper from a glossy magazine – I use this as my paint palette, for some reason the paint doesnt seep into the glossy magazine print. You may prefer to use a non stick craft mat or something similar if you prefer.

2. Onto the scrap paper squirt a row of different colour acrylic paints next to each other in a line.

You want colours which are totally different from each other, I used blue, orange, yellow, magenta and red together.

Tip: It helps if you imagine you are making a rainbow inkpad with the paints.

3. Dip the credit card into the line of multicolour paint, then drag the credit card across the card stock. As you do this you will notice the paint scrapes across the surface of the card in a rainbow like fashion.

When your credit card has run out of paint, replenish it with more and continue scraping until you have completely covered the surface of your card. Set background aside to dry.

Here are some examples of the Rainbow Scraping Technique:


Technique 2: Random Scraping

This variation of the paint scraping technique is much more random, you have no control on the colour and the patterns which makes it all the more exciting!

For best effects with this technique choose 3 different colours – pick a light colour, a mid colour and a dark colour for the best background effects.

Light colour examples: yellow, white, peach, sand and pale pastels.

Mid colour examples: shades of red, green, blue, orange, magenta.

Dark colour examples: forest, brown, navy, maroon, purple and black.

1. Take a sheet of card stock and squirt a blobs of each of the 3 different colours of paints.

Example: squirt yellow in the middle, dark green at the top left and light green at the bottom right.

You dont need a lot of paint – leave LOTS of card space!

Try and pick colours within the same colour scheme – ie shades of blue or red etc – this can prevent creating muddy backgrounds!

2. Take your credit card and scrape all the colours across the surface of the card.

Dont worry about mixing the colours together – you want that to happen. This is how you get unique colour blends and interesting patterns.

As you scrape with your credit card use the edge to draw patterns in the paint or even lift off and remove paint (wipe it on a sheet of paper towel or baby wipe)

Continue scraping and mixing the colours until you are happy with how your background looks and set aside to dry.

Examples Of the Random Scraping Technique:

Paint Colours Used: Yellow, Forest & Green



Paint Colours Used: Red, Yellow & Magenta



Paint Colours Used: Brown, Yellow, Red & Blue!



Paint Colours Used: Navy, White & Blue






11 thoughts on “Paint Scraping Techniques

  1. Loverly!!! Looks like so much fun, can’t wait til I get back home to get messy again. You’re the best at inspiring us.

  2. This is the basic technique that I used on most, if not all, of my art pieces this month 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what people come with with.

  3. You have very unitque scrapings.I myself are doing scraping also,And i would like too put them on a website.Could you let me know how to get started?
    pls email me at,Thankyou for your help!!!

  4. This looks great! I’m definitely gonna give it a try when I have a chance :p maybe as a background for some sort of collage or even stencil printing?

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