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!