|'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' made by an attendee at the tooling foil workshop I taught.|
|Tooling foil dog by workshop attendee|
Attendees started by drawing a plan on newsprint.
Hint: for achieving deep relief, use enclosed shapes. Pattern and texture will be added later.
Once the drawing is done, tape it to tooling foil, put a piece of felt underneath for padding, and trace it firmly with a pencil or pen. Make sure you label the back, either with a Sharpie, or with a piece of tape.
You can add rich texture after the relief work is done, using a sharp pointed tool to add pattern or design. I love the idea of the paisleys in the piece below. I hope the creator of it sends me a photo when it is complete!
Look at this coin! What an original idea!!!!
And finally, we discussed ways to display the pieces. You can glue the finished piece to mat board, or another alternative is to glue it to a dowel which inserts in a block of wood. My students often punched holes in the finished piece, and added yarn, raffia, beads, and more, especially effective on masks.
Everyone had a fabulous time, and was wonderfully successful. I love being able to pay it forward by teaching workshops and I love seeing people leaving with a product that they are proud of!!