Have you heard of Scrape Painting?
You’ve probably seen this technique passed around on Instagram or TikTok.
Are you interested in this new technique?
I’ll go into more detail in the following text.
Pull the paint and release the colour – Design and Picture by Amylee
How Do You Paint by Scraping It?
Scrape and Drag Painting is a painting technique that involves using tools such as plastic, cardboard, metal or silicone spatulas or spalters to apply fresh paint to a paper or canvas.
The final step is to drag or spread the paint to create striking abstract effects and unique textures.
Scrape painting is a fascinating form of process art, where the emphasis is on artistic experimentation and letting go.
Its ease of use makes it a rewarding and fun activity for beginners, while offering advanced creative possibilities for more experienced artists.
Various shades of spatulas – Picture by Amylee
What is the art that scrapes paint?
- 1/ CREATIVE PROCESS:
Scrape painting encourages creativity and the creative process rather than the end result. Artists can experiment with different colours, patterns and movements to create fascinating and dynamic abstract works that reflect their personal artistic vision.
This technique allows you to explore different types of artistic materials such as acrylic paint, oil paint, inks, coloured gels or even finger paints.
Because of the unpredictable way in which the colours effortlessly glide under the tool, each work captures the audience’s attention.
The colours blend seamlessly, producing visual effects that immediately catch the viewer’s eye. Spreading and drawing paint on a smooth surface is so quick and easy.
You don’t even need to know how to draw! Anyone can do it. And yet, the effect is always wow!
- 2/ STRESS RELIEF:
This technique offers a creative break, allowing you to relax, focus on the present moment and give free rein to your emotions.
Like any artistic activity, squeegee painting has beneficial effects on mental well-being.
The fluid, soothing process of scrape painting creates a feeling of calm and relaxation in both the artist and the viewer. Watching the colours spread out and blend harmoniously is so soothing for the mind.
- 3/ INTEREST IN POSITIVE ART:
Scrape painting videos often show art in action, in real time.
Viewers are intrigued (myself included) to see the evolution of the process, from start to finish. We can better understand how the artist places the colours, and uses the spatula to create complex and fascinating patterns in the twinkling of an eye. How the artist works and how they makes decisions as they goes along.
Impactful and short, these attractive videos are extremely popular. Not only do they arouse public interest, but they also generate positive reactions and shares, helping them to go viral.
Darwi acrylic paint to create in an easy way – Picture by Amylee
How to Make Scrape Art with Acrylic Paints?
A fun approach for those who want to experiment with painting in no time at all!
- On canvas or a sheet of thick paper, apply paint in the form of dots or lines. You can use a single colour or several to create a rich, dynamic background. Don’t forget that the initial placement
is essential for structuring the final step.
- Next, use a tool such as a plastic spatula or even a credit card, then gently over the fresh paint. This will scrape and stretch the paint to reveal blends, patterns or streaks of colour on the surface. Don’t hesitate to direct the paint while scraping to give more depth and movement to the composition.
As with any artistic technique, exploration and practice are fundamental to developing your own
your own artistic style.
Don’t hesitate to repeat the operation to master and hone your skills!
Paints dots on paper and scrape off – Design and picture by Amylee
You Will Need:
- 1 spatula or 1 large silicone spalter
- Fluid paint. I’m using Darwi Paint here. (Fluid Acrylic Paint)
- 300 g/m2 thick paper or canvas or canvas board
★ ★ ★ GOOD TO KNOW ★ ★ ★
You can find a great range of art supplies in GreatArt store in Shoreditch (London) or on GreatArt.co.uk online shop.
Exploration from my Art Studio
Here are a few pictures taken during my creative process. It’s superb, the range of colours that come together in a single gesture!
I can’t wait to see your own scrape paintings. Don’t hesitate to tag me on Instagram as @amylee.fr
Scrape Painting – Design and Picture by Amylee
Scrape Painting – Design and Picture by Amylee
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Content provided by Amylee Paris
The passion of Amylee, fine artist and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential French artist-entrepreneurs. Since 2009 she has mentored thousands of visual artists guiding them to thriving their art career.