Foil Etching

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By using aluminum foil instead of paper, students will create fabulous (and shiny) works of art.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Tin foil
  • Tape
  • Tempera or acrylic paint (dark colors)
  • Liquid Dishwash soap
  • Paint brush
  • Popsicle stick

What You Do:

  1. Tape a piece of tin foil to a piece of cardboard.
  2. Add a couple of drops of liquid dish wash soap to a small amount of tempera (or acrylic) paint.
  3. Brush paint over the entire piece of foil and let dry.
  4. Using the popsicle stick, carefully scrape a design into the paint.
  5. Glue the finished piece to a sheet of construction paper or scrap mat board for display.

Foil etching steps


Foil Etching

Image: Melissa and Doug

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