Painting on Foil

Painting on Foil

Whilst Harrison was at school and Benjamin was having a nap, Alex and I had a go at something different – painting on tin foil.

We do a lot of painting but it is always on paper, so I thought we would see what effects we could create on foil.

It would be really fun to have a go at this using different ‘brushes’ – sponges, sticks, feathers, cotton buds etc. Because it was a bit of a spur of the moment activity, we just used normal brushes this time. We stuck to just two colours this time – pink and purple – to avoid that muddy brown colour that Alex manages to create whenever paint is involved. I also added a tiny drop of washing up liquid to the paint – this helps it to adhere to the foil a bit better and stops it flaking off when it has dried. I taped the foil down to the table to stop it sliding around, and let Alex loose.

foil painting

The metallic surface creates a much more different and interesting look than painting on normal paper. The colours look so different and much more vivid, and gave almost a mirrored effect, and the paint almost glided over the surface rather than be absorbed by paper – it was actually quite therapeutic!

Tin foil

The paint took a lot longer to dry on foil than it does on paper, but once it has dried, it looks fab!

tin foil painting

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28 thoughts on “Painting on Foil

  1. Nice idea, it is good to explore something different sometimes isn’t it? great tip about adding the washing up liquid to the paint I would never have thought that would help! 🙂 xx #letkidsbekids

  2. What a great activity – never thought of doing painting on foil but it looks like a lot of fun. Will have to give this one a try – thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. This looks like a great activity! I like the idea of painting on something different to paper. I think that we will be giving this a go tomorrow 🙂

  4. My children love painting but I’m always running out of the paper. I had never considered tin foil as an alternative, but I will now!

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