Friday, January 10, 2014

Embossing Aluminum Foil for Paintings and Collages

Aluminum foil from the kitchen can be embossed, collaged, and painted. 
collage, tutorial
Some people use heavy string or cord under the foil.
Heavy duty foil is best for this, but any type will do. Cover one side of a piece of foam core with the foil, wrapping the edges and gluing them to the back. Use the tip of a dull pencil to form ridges, flat shapes, and patterns in the foil.

tutorial, art lesson
I filled the spaces with a deep layer of medium.

Paint it with alcohol inks, glass or metal paints, or acrylics. Take note of the image transfers used in this example, as well as inks and acrylic medium.

Also see the post  I did eons ago on this very same subject!


  1. Thanks for the tip! I've been delving into different creative pursuits recently and mixed media collages have called to me :) May have to try this one!

  2. This is something I will definitely have to try. TFS !

  3. Love this idea, and your previous post. Wish I could drop everything right now and try it. Do I have to put the Christmas decorations away? This would be more fun. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. whatever it takes to get results, and cheap. Thanks

  5. This is cool! I've done similar with Tim Holtz foil sheets and rolls of silver plumbers tape but never with aluminum foil. And, I've only used alcohol inks, not acrylics. What a great idea! The transfers are a great addition and I think I'll try rub-on's and stamps too. You are just the best source of great ideas, Paula! Right now I think only have non-stick foil so will have to get some heavy duty.

  6. Very nice blog. I am very glad that I met you.
    I'd love to visit the mine. Kisses from Greece


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