Art Techniques

Foil Printmaking Technique

This foil printmaking technique allows you to transfer a picture piece-by-piece.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Ruler
  • Poster paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Drawing paper
  • Paper towels


Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Draw a square on a sheet of foil. Make the square slightly smaller than the paper sheet you will print on.

Step 2: Draw a picture in the foil square. Select one color of paint, and paint in the parts of the picture using that color.

Step 3: Then place a sheet of paper over the foil print and press. Carefully peel off the paper, and let the paint dry. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the old color from the foil.

Step 4: Now select a different color, and paint in another area of the picture. Reprint it on the paper as before.

Continue reprinting the paper until you use all your colors and your picture is complete.

Want to learn how to make a vibrant picture with only one shade of color? Continue reading to the next page and find out more.

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