I am so excited to share this cool art process with you today!
We’re making name art with Sharpies and tin foil, and the process is slick and shiny and colourful. With this easy art technique, kids can make a piece of unique “name art” to hang in their bedroom or to give to a friend. I hope you’ll try it at home with your kids or, if you’re a teacher, it would make a great art-class activity for your students.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sharpie markers. I LOVE my Sharpies! They’re my favourite markers for making art with, even when I’m crafting with toddlers and preschoolers.
I’ve always believed that when you give kids great tools to work with, they produce great art, so our Sharpies are used often here in my home daycare. They’re wonderful when working on smooth surfaces like glass, plastic, wax paper etc.
We’ve used Sharpies on tin foil before for some small projects like these tinfoil jar lid ornaments, and these foil wrapped ornaments. This was our first time making a good-sized piece of art with Sharpies and foil, and the process and results were awesome. Let me show you how it’s done.
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To make Name Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil, you’ll need:
- Sharpie markers (My favourites are these Glam 80’s Sharpies)
- Tin Foil (also known as aluminum foil)
- styrofoam meat or produce tray (you could also use a piece of thick cardboard)
- black acrylic craft paint
- paint brush
Before doing this craft with any of the kids, I first tested it out myself. You see, I had my cousin’s daughter coming for a visit over the holidays, and she loves crafting. I thought this would be a cool project for her to do, so I gave it a try first, experimenting with a couple of my daycare hooligans’ names. I was so excited when they turned out like this:
I knew I had a winner of an art project to do with my crafty little cousin.
To start, I cut the curved edges off of a styrofoam meat tray. I always have a stack of these on hand because they’re awesome for crafting with (see our styrofoam button trees) and for using paint pallets or to gather and hold supplies for a craft project.
Note: I always put my styrofoam trays through the dishwasher to sterilize them before re-using them.
Once the edges were trimmed away, I had a nice, flat “canvas” to work on.
I wrapped the styrofoam in a piece of tin foil, making sure the front was nice and flat, and free of any obvious creases.
Then, with a fine paint brush, I created a blocked frame all around the inside edges of the canvas.
Next, in the center rectangle, I used the paintbrush and black paint to write the child’s name.
For the frame and the name, put a generous amount of black paint on your paintbrush. You may even need to go over some lines twice to get full coverage.
It’s fun when there are some letters that you’ll be able to fill in – you know, like e’s and o’s and p’s and b’s that have centers that can be coloured in.
I let the paint dry fully before moving on to the next step.
Next step: Sharpies!
Select bright, rich colours for your art project. I avoided pale pinks and pale yellows because I knew they wouldn’t show up on the tin foil as well as the darker, more vibrant colours would.
I used the Sharpies to colour in the blocks around the edge of the frame, and the centers of some of the letters in the kids’ names.
If you’ve never coloured on tin foil with a Sharpie, you must! It’s such a cool feeling. The foil is so smooth and slippery. It’s really slick!
And the marker colours on the silver, shiny foil have an almost iridescent look to them. I LOVE it!
Here’s my crafty cousin working on the piece of name art that I prepared for her.
Aren’t these pieces beautiful? Perfect for displaying in a child’s bedroom!
And now, I need to come up with more cool Sharpie and tin foil art projects for the Hooligans!
Meanwhile, here are a whole bunch of cool ways to use aluminum foil in the craftroom and around your home!
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