DIY Tutorial: Mixed Media Foiling Technique Tutorial

DIY Tutorial - Mixed Media Foiling TechniqueDIY Tutorial: Mixed Media Foiling Technique Tutorial
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If you have empty tin cans or other boxes at home, try to “upcycle” them instead of throwing them away! You can turn them into fantastic gift boxes or decorative storage pieces! This tutorial by RachO113 will teach you how to make use of the Mixed Media Foiling technique to turn your old tin cans into decorative pieces!

Tools and Materials Needed:

1. Tin Boxes
2. Wires, Split Rings, or other Material That Can Create A 3D Texture
3. Bear Mats (Coasters)
4. Thick Aluminum Foil
5. Mod Podge
6. Paint Brushes
7. Scissors
8. A Set of Metallic Acrylic Paint
9. Spray Bottle Filled With Water
10. Black Acrylic Paint
11. Tissue
12. Rub n Buff Wax Metallic Finish (Gold)
13. Spray Lacquer (Gloss Finish)


1. Use a small bottle and roll the surface of the foil. You can use a dotting tool (a tool used for nail art) or a pen to go through the areas where you want the 3D effect to form.

2. Protect your work area by lining a piece scrap paper or a sheet of newspaper on the table. You can also wear gloves to keep your hands from getting messy. You should also work in a well-ventilated area.

3. Instead of using foil, you can also recycle scraps of paper! Soak the sheets of paper in a mixture of glue and water. This will soften the paper and allow them to become more moldable. You can also use Mod Podge for this. Allow the paper to completely dry before painting the metallic acrylic paint.

4. You can also use sheets of newspaper! Create an antique-looking design by mixing water with instant coffee. Brush the sheets of newspaper with the coffee water and let them dry. Once dried, cover the tin can with your “vintage” newspaper. You can also use Mod Podge to make sure that the newspaper has adhered well.

5. The foiling technique also works well with other DIY projects! Use this technique to embellish your picture frames or other decorative pieces. The possibilities are endless!

6. You don’t have to use just one metallic color. Try using a bunch of colors to create a kind of rainbow effect. It will look like a stained glass painting for sure!

Play around with this technique and create a wide variety of projects!