I used black tempera for the very same thing and was happy with the results.
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: Scratch Board Question
LaDonna- I just finished a lesson where we created our own scratch board (red figure Greek vases). On tagboard we created our vase shape, covered it completely with heavy burnt orange crayon. I used India ink and regular dish soap. I poured the ink into a container (about 1/2 cup of ink) and added 3 drops of dish soap. The kids used paintbrushes to brush on a thin coat of ink which dried in about 24 hours. The next art class we added a second coat on those who did not get an even first coat of ink. We used colored push pins to scratch our designs and it worked great.
I am interested to see if anyone uses ink and starch, as I have more starch lying around than I do dish soap.
Patti in Toledo, OH