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I think all kids should have the opportunity to engage in the arts. My favorite kind of art to share with my kids is process-oriented art that explores different artistic techniques and materials.
Recently we tried our hand at aluminum foil painting.
This was a brand new “canvas” for us, as we had never tried painting on foil. And we paired this new “canvas” with a new type of paint in the form of Thin Stix solid tempera paints.
The results of our artistic endeavors were quite gorgeous. And this is a project that would be enjoyed by kids (and grown ups!) from preschool on up.
Note: For more AWESOME art activities, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.
How to make an aluminum foil painting
To make our aluminum foil paintings, we used the following materials:
- Rectangular piece of cardboard (the side of a cereal box would work well)
- Aluminum foil
- Thin Stix paints
We started by cutting small slits about 1-2″ apart all around the outside edge of the cardboard. We then wove yarn through the slits to make a series of lines across the front of the cardboard.
We cut a piece of aluminum foil a bit larger than the cardboard and wrapped it around the cardboard. We used tape to secure the foil to the back of the cardboard.
We then flipped the cardboard face up and used our fingers to press down along the lines of yarn. This created distinct 3-dimensional lines in the foil canvas.
This is what the foil looked like once the “canvas” was prepared.
We then used Thin Stix paints to fill in the various sections made by the overlapping lines of yarn.
Thin Stix are a lot like glue sticks. Kids simply twist the bottom to raise the solid stick of paint inside the tube. Then they rub the stick of paint onto their painting surface. We found the resulting colors to be much richer than what we typically get using crayons or markers.
We used a variety of colors, taking care that we did not use the same color in adjacent sections.
The Thin Stix created very vibrant colors on the aluminum foil. Best of all, the Thin Stix paint dried super fast – in less than 2 minutes!
The end results of our work were stunning.
A new art technique.
Overall . . . a perfect art project for us to enjoy together!
Normally I dread pulling out our tempera paints because there is always so much clean up afterwards. With Thin Stix solid tempera paints, however, kids get a painted art project and grown ups have no mess to clean up afterward. Can you say win-win?!?
And when you combine the fact that Thin Stix provide a no mess experience along with the fact that they dry super fast (like in 90 seconds), this makes Thin Stix ideal for doing last minute arts and crafts projects.
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