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Create this charming scratch art image of a cuckoo clock bird singing out the changing of the hour with scratchbord™.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • scratchbord™ Panel, 11"x14"
  • Chalk – White or Pastel
  • Tape
  • Pencil (or Pen)
  • Scratch Knife
  • Brush #2 Round Watercolor
  • Paper Towels
  • Ink – Color of Choice
  • Krylon® Matte, Satin or Gloss Fixative Sealer

Project Instructions

Step 1 This project uses an 11"x14" scratchbord™ panel. Download and print image #1. To transfer the drawing to the scratchbord™, rub white chalk on the back of the drawing and tape the drawing to the board, chalk side down. Be careful not to tape on the black surface.


Step 2 Tracing over the lines with a pencil or pen, transfer the lines to the board. You can stop, lift the drawing and check to make sure the lines are transferring. Don’t worry about following lines perfectly, they can be fixed or modified when cutting the lines in with the knife.

Step 3 With a scratch tool, lightly follow the chalk lines. Outline areas in the design that should remain black, including the thin black outlines of some of the figures in the drawing. Details will be added later.

Step 4 Using the scratch tool, remove the background or areas of black to expose the white clay. You can follow the design provided or change it. There are many areas in this design that could remain black; like the background, or house. The decision is up to you. When you have scraped off as much of the black ink to expose the areas you want to leave in white, you are ready to add color.

Step 5 The background ovals with dots have irregular dots or speckles. Paint these dots with a slightly diluted red India Ink. When adding ink, first dab brush onto paper towel to remove excess paint before brushing on. You don’t want your brush to be heavily saturated with pigment, as it will not allow you to control putting on the color. After painting these, let dry, then add some straight yellow to the rest of the ovals. The overall background is a heavily diluted blue ink. You could continue painting the birdhouse/clock, or leave it in white as the current design.

Step 6 Let ink dry completely, then spray with two light coats of a fixative. We recommend the Krylon® UV finishes. You can choose Matte, Satin or Gloss. After spraying you can now frame your artwork in a frame without glass!


Be patient and take your time. This is a time consuming project but it can be done, and tracing the drawing will help tremendously. After you get the hang of it, try other images, other birds, other background patterns.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Linda Sheets.