Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Geometric Foil Shapes

We are still on Spring Break and I've been doing a bit of experimenting, thinking of future lessons.These would also be good for folks looking for something to do during vacation breaks!
 I don't know about you, but at certain times of the year my lessons seem to be driven by what materials I still have on hand. You may remember my GIANT box of sandwich foils that I purchased at Smart and Final. Well, I still have a LOT of them left, so I started with that.

Three straight sided geometric shapes are spaced out on piece of illustration board.
Then Sharpies make contour outlines, eventually "bumping into each other."
Finally, primary colored watercolors fill in the channels:
I've actually made several variations of this. It's amazing how I think I know how it is going to turn out, and then I try it out and run into unexpected problems. This is one of those instances -- there were some "mistakes," although I like the overall look.  I'll post some of the other trials later.


  1. What are you using to glue the foil down? I get frustrated at how hard it is to keep it stuck.

    1. In one project using this foil the kids used gluesticks (Avery) and for the other they used little dots of Glue All. This foil is lighter weight than regular Reynolds foil and that may make a difference. I think that watered down Glue All brushed on ( or applied with Q-tips would work, too. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. Very cool lesson- would make a great lesson to leave for a Substitute as it uses simple/no-mess materials but would still keep the kids really engaged. Pinning to my sub lessons! Thanks for sharing!