Glue & Foil Drawing Tutorial

I was so inspired by a project at “Make It A Wonderful Life” that tried it out today in an afterschool class. It really makes some very inexpensive supplies (chipboard, glue, aluminum foil and shoe polish) look pretty fabulous. 

1. Make a large simple drawing on chipboard with a pencil and trace with a thin marker. Trace all the lines with white glue and let dry for at least 24 hours.

2. Rub the entire drawing with a glue stick. Cover ALL of the cardboard. Any missed spots will not stick to the foil and cannot be “etched” later with the stylus.

3. Tear a sheet of aluminum foil and press to chipboard, shiny side up. Wrap edges around the sides and glue in place.

4. Rub around edges of the glue with a Q-tip. The better the rubbing, the more defined the drawing.

5. Use a wooden stylus to draw details on the bird, ground and sky.

6. Apply black shoe polish to drawing. (Don’t try to substitute black paint, I tried, it rubs off.)  Wipe away any extra polish with a paper towel.

7. It’s done. I’m going to try a cowboy boot next spring when a 4th grade class is learning about the wild west. Can’t wait!

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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    I have done this project using metallic tempera paint and rubbed a small amount of paste shoe polish on it with a paper towel. One can of paste polish easily does 30 to 40 kids.

  2. Donna
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    I love this project but I did try to substitute the polish for paint and it did not work well at all. I vowed to buy the polish next time! It was awesome otherwise!

  3. Bec
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    You can also use this to make a plate and use it for printmaking. Use a brayer to apply ink or paint and place paper on top, rub and rub with a clean brayer on the back and peel off.

  4. Kathy
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    Hi, I think I got about five dispensers of polish, the ones with the round sponge on the end. It worked fine to make stations for kids when they were done.

  5. Donna
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    Thanks for the idea! How many birds were you able to paint with one shoe polish? I have three classes of 24 and want to figure out how much to buy.

    Thanks!!

  6. Carleta
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    The bird is adorable. This simple process even works very well with more complex figures.
    Thanks, I love it.

  7. Du fil et mon
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    Thank you very much for this division(sharing) which is very well explained. I am going to try in my class! Thank you again!

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