Since this weekend was Father’s Day, we made metal embossing art as a father’s day present / card. I think it’s fun to step away from making plain cards for father’s day and instead make a piece of art that they will definitely think is cool. What I like the most about this project is that even little ones can do ait and it looks really interesting even if it’s just scribbles. I bought a roll of aluminum tooling foil but, you can also use the bottom of old pie pans.
You will need:
- Old newspapers
- Paint brush
- India Ink
- Container to hold the ink
I explained to the parents that the edges of the metal can be sharp and to manipulate with care. The Instruction I gave were simple:
- You will need a stack of newspaper, about 3/4 inch thick
- Place the metal on top and have the kids draw on the metal with their pencil.
- Once the child is done drawing, bring me the piece of metal for inking.
- The inking process may take a while. Take a sheet of construction paper and draw or make a card for your father.
- The finished piece of metal should be glued to the piece of construction paper.
Here’s a video showing how I ink the piece of metal.
There are many ways to work with the metal. The possibilities are endless. You can turn the metal into a 3D art, use colored paint & markers…
Many cultures use this technique in their art, like in Mexico and Morocco. You can cut it and create milagros or Hand of Fatima.