Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fabulous Foil Technique!

This tutorial is all about using kitchen foil (heavy duty is best but not absolutely necessary) to create a heavily textured artwork.
  1. Stretch a large piece loosely around a base of foam-core. Wrap it around the edges. Note: Some artists apply glue here and there to hold the foil in place better. I've not found it necessary, except to secure the excess foil at the back.
  2. Use your fingers, a pencil eraser, or a shaper tool to form ridges, lines, shapes, etc. in the foil. Pinch and wrinkle at will, leaving some areas flat for variety and contrast.
  3. Consider pressing in drawings of symbols, words, or numbers, too. See the little hand? See the ancient sun symbol?


4. Try various mediums, acrylics, inks--anything that will stick to the foil. Antique the piece so the depressions have shadows, and brush highlights over the top edges if you wish.


  1. Your blog is great...so many great ideas. I'll definitely be back! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me the wonderful comment. I appreciate it. :)

  2. Paula, have you ever tried this by putting items under the foil. Like cording, decorative shapes and things like that, its really cool!
    hugs Lynn

  3. This looks fabulous! I can't wait to try it, perhaps Wednesday after the girls go to bed (the hubby is in class late so the house will be all mine). I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year:) I love your tips.


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