Have you ever thought of letting the kids create artwork using foil? We created Foil Leaf Art recently and never knew how much fun this could be. If you’re looking for art activities for kids using different art media, I’d recommend this one. There is just so much that can be done with your usual kitchen aluminum foil, leaves and paint. This is a fun process art activity where kids can express their creativity.
The outcome is beautiful, that the photos don’t do justice at all. In all honesty, it was difficult to take a nice photo of it because of the reflection of the foil. So I encourage you to try this art activity to see for yourself.
Foil Leaf Art
I love process art that starts off with foraging outdoors for art materials to use. And for this Foil Leaf Art project, we did just that. We gathered interesting leaves as we walked through a local park. I encouraged the kids to gather beautifully shaped leaves with pronounced spines.
We took these leaves home. We put them in between paper towels. Then put heavy books on top of the paper towels. We left it this way for 2 days. After 2 days, our leaves were flat, which was much easier to work with for this process art activity.
Things you need to make Foil Leaf Art:
- Gathered and flattened leaves as described above
- Cardboard (I cut up approximately 6 x 9 inch rectangles from a box)
- Glue Stick
- Aluminum Foil
- Paint brushes
- Paper towels
How to Make Foil Leaf Art:
- Glue leaves onto the cardboard. Let the kids lay the leaves out whichever way they want.
- Carefully wrap foil around the cardboard, shiny side down. Make sure the matte side is up.
- Let the kids gently rub the foil using their fingers. This will expose the leaves’ shape and spine details.
- Then let the kids paint. This part is really up to them. My 3 kids did different things: One used long strokes with a paint brush. One dabbed with a paint brush. And one simply painted the leaf itself and left the background unpainted.
- Dab, dab, dab. When the kids are done painting, let them dab through their artwork using a paper towel. Dabbing absorbs the excess paint allowing the leaves’ shapes and spines to become more prominent. And it also creates a sponge like art effect.
Did you like this Foil Leaf Art activity? I hope I inspired you to use foil in your kids’ artwork.
Here is another art idea using foil….
Painting on foil inspired by Van Gogh from Messy Little Monster