Foil Painting

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Posted on Jul 10 2013 - 1:00am by Ashley
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Have you ever tried painting on foil before? We have tried twice, once with permanent markers and once with poster paint, before we really had a success. This time I was inspired by the children’s craft aisle and decided on sun catcher paint. The paint is thin, so it gives some color without hiding the brilliance of the foil.


To help the colors pop a bit, we started with black outlines. We used black puffy paint (from the fabric section) and black glue (2 parts glue, 1 part black paint). The puffy paint worked much better because it kept its shape instead of running.  Then the paintings were left over night to dry.



The next day we filled in the areas outlined by the black paint. The thicker the coat of sun catcher paint the more brilliant the color.


After leaving them to dry another day, we had beautiful, sparkly paintings that the girls were quite proud of!




The contrast between the black and the color along with the sheen of the foil makes these very eye catching! The photos really don’t do them justice!

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  • These are very pretty but, you should know that tempera works on foil as well. We do something called tray painting, where we use the foil as a palette to mix colors and often the kids just end up mixing the colors on the foil. They stay on the foil very well

    • I avoid tempera paint as much as I can because I hate the smell. lol We may have to try it though!

  • We've done sharpies, but haven't done paint, what an interesting idea.

    • We tried Sharpies without much luck. I really liked how these turned out though!

  • How fun! I love the shimmery effect too! I'm so glad you shared this at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!

    • Thanks for hosting and visiting! Why paint on something shiny if you cover up the sparkle!

  • Beautiful! Love how these foil paintings turned out!

  • Stopping by from the Tender Moments blog hop!

    I love this – I've been wanting to do foil painting, but I'm always afraid the paint will flake off – I was thinking of attempting a corn syrup paint for the same shimmery result.

    • It would be interesting to try. Let me know if you do; I'd love to see the results!

  • Momma Jo

    Oh what fun!!! I have got to try this with my lot!

    • They had a great time with them. The younger one was a bit worried she couldn't draw anything well with the black paint, but once I told her it could be random she was ok! lol

  • sarahlashbrook

    These are cool! I love using black to outline paintings – it really does make the colors pop!

    • It gave it a little something extra for sure! Thanks for visiting!

  • They are really shiny. I've never heard of that idea. Thanks for sharing on Hobbies and Handicrafts.

    • Thanks for hosting! I really liked the shiny part! πŸ™‚

  • I've been wanting to try this for a long time! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hopefully this gives you the nudge you need to do it! Thanks for visiting!

  • This is very interesting idea! We painted on foil with pastels, but I can see that your technique would really make something close to a real suncatcher.

    • Oooo…we may have to try pastels too! Thanks for visiting!

  • This looks like fin! We have colored on foil before, but never used paint. Adding this to our to do list this week! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  • These are beautiful! I've never tried painting on foil, but now I definitely will be trying it with my kids! Thank you for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  • We used Sharpies (no paint) to make crown paintings and they turned out so cute!

    • Maybe we did our sharpies wrong because I just didn't think they worked well. We may have to try again!

  • rochellebarlow

    My kids would love to do this! I love your solutions — what a great idea to use the sun catchers paint and a glue/paint mixture. I'll let you know how my kiddos did.

  • melindababiak

    would never have thought of that! really pretty

  • Very cool idea! Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday!

  • Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  • What a fun project to do with the kids! Thanks for coming by and sharing it at Fluster's Creative Muster. Now that you found the party I hope to be seeing you again.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  • Fun painting idea! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. I've featured this post this week πŸ™‚

  • What a fun idea, the color looks great on foil – Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library. I am featuring it on iGameMom

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